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Questions about having the vaccine


How effective is the vaccine?

Vaccines are the only way out of this pandemic, and the very best way to protect people from coronavirus and have saved thousands of lives.

Vaccinated people are far less likely to get COVID with symptoms. Vaccinated people are even more unlikely to get serious COVID-19, to be admitted to hospital, or to die from it and vaccinated people are less likely to pass the virus to others.


Once I have had the vaccine, will I be immune?

The vaccine will give you the best possible protection against Covid-19, but even when you’ve had the vaccine there is still a chance you might get or spread the virus to others who haven't yet been vaccinated.

This means that you will still need to follow any lockdown rules, and continue to follow all social distancing guidance, wash your hands frequently, and wear a face mask.


Do I still need the vaccine if I've already had Covid-19?

Yes, you should still get vaccinated even if you have had covid-19, or tested positive for covid19 antibodies in the past.

There are no safety concerns from vaccinating individuals with a history of Covid-19 (whether confirmed or suspected), and it is possible that you could still carry and pass on the illness to others.


How soon can I have a vaccination after having Covid-19?

Vaccination should be postponed for at least four weeks (28 days) after the onset of symptoms or from the first positive test in those who did not have symptoms.


If I have the Covid-19 vaccination, then I later need to take a test for the virus, could it trigger a ‘false’ positive result?

No – the vaccine will not affect the result of a test for Covid-19.


Can I choose which type of vaccine I receive? 

You cannot choose which COVID-19 vaccine you are given unless there is a clear medical reason for doing so – such as a history of allergic reaction to one of the ingredients.

If this is the case, please discuss this with your GP practice to ensure you get a suitable vaccine.