Coronavirus (Covid-19) Vaccination
COVID-19 Vaccination walk in centres
Please click on this link to see what local walk in centres are avaliable – https://www.sussexhealthandcare.uk/keepsussexsafe/sussex-covid-19-vaccination-programme/
Need help getting to your vaccine appointment?
Click here for information on free transport to your COVID vaccine – https://www.sussexhealthandcare.uk/keepsussexsafe/sussex-covid-19-vaccination-programme/how-do-i-get-my-jab/free-transport-to-help-you-get-to-your-vaccination/
I don’t have a smart phone, how can i get proof that i have had my vaccine?
Please follow the link to request a letter from the NHS confirming you have had your vaccine – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-pass/get-your-covid-pass-letter/
Vaccinating Children and Young People
You can get your 1st dose of a COVID-19 vaccine if you’re aged 16 or 17. Please see the below link for more information.
Advice if you’re of childbearing age, pregnant or breastfeeding
You should wait to have the COVID-19 vaccine:
- if you’re pregnant – you should wait until you’ve had your baby
- if you’re breastfeeding – you should wait until you’ve stopped breastfeeding
If you’re trying to get pregnant, you should wait for 2 months after having the 2nd dose before getting pregnant.
There’s no evidence it’s unsafe if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. But more evidence is needed before you can be offered the vaccine.
How safe is the COVID-19 vaccine?
The vaccine approved for use in the UK was developed by Pfizer/BioNTech.
It has met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
Any coronavirus vaccine that is approved must go through all the clinical trials and safety checks all other licensed medicines go through. The MHRA follows international standards of safety.
Other vaccines are being developed. They will only be available on the NHS once they have been thoroughly tested to make sure they are safe and effective.
So far, thousands of people have been given a COVID-19 vaccine and no serious side effects or complications have been reported.
How effective is the COVID-19 vaccine?
After having both doses of the vaccine most people will be protected against coronavirus.
It takes a few weeks after getting the 2nd dose for it to work.
There is a small chance you might still get coronavirus even if you have the vaccine.
This means it is important to:
- continue to follow social distancing guidance
- if you can, wear something that covers your nose and mouth in places where it’s hard to stay away from other people
Read more about why vaccines are safe and important, including how they work and what they contain.
COVID-19 vaccine side effects
Most side effects are mild and should not last longer than a week, such as:
- a sore arm where the needle went in
- feeling tired
- a headache
- feeling achy
You can take painkillers, such as paracetamol, if you need to.
If you have a high temperature you may have coronavirus or another infection.
If your symptoms get worse or you are worried, call 111.
It’s very rare for anyone to have a serious reaction to the vaccine (anaphylaxis). If this does happen, it usually happens within minutes.
Staff giving the vaccine are trained to deal with allergic reactions and treat them immediately.Information:
You can report any suspected side effect using the Yellow Card safety scheme.
COVID-19 vaccine ingredients
The COVID-19 vaccine does not contain any animal products or egg.
More on Coronavirus vaccination
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine
For further details, please go to https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/