Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccine
Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine
The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.
The coronavirus vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus. View the most up to date vaccination information on the NHS website.
You can also read through a number of leaflets created by the government about the vaccination roll out, or read key information set out below.
- Why you have to wait for your COVID-19 vaccine
- A guide for older adults
- What to expect after vaccination
- Protection for healthcare workers
- Protection for social care staff
If you are interested in volunteering to support the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out, please get in touch with Volunteering Kingston.
When can I get the vaccine?
The NHS will let you know when it's your turn to have the vaccine. It's important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then. Please wait to be contacted.
The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from an independent group of experts, who have recommended that the NHS first offers vaccines to those at highest risk of suffering serious complications from COVID-19.
Is the NHS confident the vaccines are safe?
The coronavirus vaccine has met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
It is safe and effective, and provides full protection from coronavirus around a week or two after your second dose. Getting vaccinated means protecting yourself from the virus. It is the best chance we have of getting back to normality and reducing the restrictions on seeing your family and friends. You cannot catch COVID-19 from the vaccine.
The vaccines are vegetarian.
Do I need to have both jabs of the vaccine?
The vaccines have been authorised on the basis of two doses because the evidence from the clinical trials shows that this gives the maximum level of protection. To ensure as many people are vaccinated as quickly as possible, the Department for Health and Social Care now advise that the second dose of both the Oxford/AstraZeneca and the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine should be scheduled up to 12 weeks apart.
The evidence doesn’t show any risk to not having the second dose other than not being as protected as you otherwise would be. If you have been invited for an appointment to have the vaccine, please make sure you turn up for both your first and second dose. This will ensure you receive full protection as well as to ensure we don’t waste vaccines or the time of NHS staff.
Even those who have received a vaccine still need to follow social distancing and other guidance.
The vaccine is one part of our defence against our coronavirus. It is still vital that you continue to follow the rules around hands, face and space, as well as social contact and ventilation. Find out more about what you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones from coronavirus.
You can watch local GP Nick Merrifield's message about the vaccine roll out in Kingston in the video below.