The symptoms and long-term effects of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) can be very serious. Getting vaccinated is
the best way to protect yourself and those close to you from getting the virus.
Vaccines protect you from diseases by teaching your immune system how to fight them. It'
s a far safer way to protect someone than by them catching a disease and trying to treat it.
If enough people receive the vaccine it makes it harder for COVID-19 to spread. In some cases vaccination programs can reduce or even eradicate diseases. This has happened to deadly and debilitating diseases like polio and smallpox, here in the UK.
Who is eligible for the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Vaccine?
You must book an appointment through the NHS national booking system in order to use this service.
At the time of writing, the NHS is providing the vaccine to the following groups who are most at risk from coronavirus:
People aged 30 or over
Those clinically extremely vulnerable
People who live or work in care homes
Health care workers at high risk
For the most up-to-date information on who is eligible click this link.
Which vaccine will I get at Smarta Healthcare?
At the moment we are administering the Pfizer vaccine for free to those people eligible.
This may change depending on local stock.
You will receive the same vaccine for your first and follow-up jab.
How long does it take to be vaccinated?
Your initial jab appointment should take around 30-45 minutes
In 8-12 weeks you will receive your second follow-up jab.
The second vaccine is automatically booked via the national booking service.
What should I do before and after being vaccinated?
To protect those most vulnerable and the NHS, it's important that you still follow the regulations set by the government before and even after you are vaccinated. These include socialdistancing, wearing a mask and washing your hands carefully and frequently.
For your appointments your must bring your photo ID, wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth and clothing that allows access to the top of your arm.
You will be provided with after-care information and advice at your appointment. You will need to remain in our waiting room for at least 15 minutes after your vaccinations. We advise that someone else drive you home after your appointments.
Common side effects of the vaccines include pain or tenderness in the arm you received the vaccination, feeling tired, as well as headaches, aches and chills.
For further information about what to expect after your vaccination click this link
If you are concerned about any symptoms following your vaccinations, please call us on 01234 831 768 or NHS 111
Do I still need to be vaccinated if I've already had COVID-19 and/or I tested positive for antibodies?
Once you are invited you should attend your vaccination, even if you have previously had COVID-19 or tested positive for antibodies.
At the moment it's unclear whether previous COVID-19 infections result in long term immunity to the disease.
You should wait for at least 4 weeks after you felt symptoms of COVID-19 or your first positive PCR test before getting your vaccination.
What happens if I don't get my second vaccination?
The first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination only offers short-term protection against the disease.
It's important to get your second dose because this offers much longer-term protection against COVID-19.
Is it possible to spread COVID-19 after being vaccinated?
The vaccines are designed to stop people becoming infected with COVID-19.
This should reduce the risk of people becoming ill and spreading the virus.
You are not immune to COVID-19 immediately after receiving your vaccination. It takes several weeks before your body to produce the antibodies required for an effective immune response to COVID-19 infection.
You must still follow the regulations set by the government after you are vaccinated
Should I wait after getting the flu vaccine before I get the COVID-19 vaccination?
You should wait for 7 days after having another kind of vaccination before getting the COVID-19 vaccine, to avoid mistaking any side effects to the different vaccines.
Why do we need a vaccine?
I don't know anyone who's had COVID-19
Even if you or people you know haven't had COVID-19, it's still a danger to everyone's health.
Since the start of the pandemic millions of people have lost their lives to the disease and many more people suffer from ongoing health complications after being infected.
The COVID-19 virus can spread rapidly and an increase in hospitalisations can overwhelm NHS services.
The vaccine is the best way to slow the spread of the disease and protect everyone.
Should I have the COVID-19 vaccine as a member of the Black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) community?
Certain Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups have been shown to have higher infection rates, as well as higher rates of serious disease, morbidity and mortality as a result of COVID-19. There is no distinct evident to prove that ethnicity alone, or genetics is the only explanation for these higher rates
Some health conditions, often found at increased numbers in certain BAME groups, are associated with serious risk of disease. Societal factors like household size, occupation, deprivation and access to healthcare are factors that increase susceptibility to the disease and result in worse outcomes following infection.
How effective is the COVID-19 vaccination?
The vaccines are 70% - 90% effective at preventing COVID-19 symptoms three weeks after the first injection.
They are between 95% - 100% effective at preventing severe symptoms.
As with all medicines, no vaccine is 100% effective, so you must continue to take recommended precautions to avoid infecting yourself and others.
How safe is the COVID-19 vaccination?
The COVID-19 vaccines have gone through rigorous clinical trials, quality and safety checks.