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Covid-19 vaccinations

In County Durham, the NHS are delivering Covid-19 vaccinations at sites spread across the county.

Covid-19 vaccines are available for everyone aged 16 years or over and some children aged 12 to 15 who have a higher risk of getting seriously ill from Covid-19 or who live with someone at high risk of catching it. See NHS: Who can get the coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine for information about who is eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine.

It's very important that you also receive your second vaccination since you need to have two doses of the vaccine for maximum protection. Remember that's it's also very important to continue to follow advice on how to avoid catching and spreading Covid-19 after vaccination. 

The Covid-19 vaccine can help to stop you getting seriously ill or dying from coronavirus. As the roll out of vaccination continues, you can find information on the eligibility, safety, and effectiveness of the Covid-19 vaccine at:

This short video from Public Health England explains more about the vaccination:

Icon for pdf NHS Vaccine information video transcript (PDF, 90.2kb)

We understand you may want more information to help you to make an informed decision on vaccination, therefore, we have provided a number of interesting links and videos to help you.

You can also find more information at COVIDvaxfacts, a website designed to support you in making your decision about having a Covid-19 vaccine. It has been developed by independent experts to address the most common questions raised by the public.

Safety of the vaccine

The following videos will help to answer questions on vaccine safety:

The Deputy Chief Medical Officer explains more in the following videos:

Icon for pdf Vaccines with Professor Jonathan Van-Tam #2 - video transcript (PDF, 81.3kb)

Icon for pdf Vaccines with Professor Jonathan Van-Tam - how Covid vaccines are being developed - video transcript (PDF, 85.0kb)

Side effects

Most side effects of the Covid-19 vaccine are mild and should not last longer than a week.

This short video from the Deputy Chief Medical Officer explains more:

Icon for pdf Vaccines with Professor Jonathan Van-Tam #6 - video transcript (PDF, 85.6kb)

    ee also YouTube: NHS - What are the long-term side effects?

    Millions of people have had a Covid-19 vaccine and the safety of the vaccines continues to be monitored. Reports of serious side effects are very rare. See NHS: Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines side effects and safety for further information.

    The vaccine and young people

    The following short videos from young people tackle some of the common myths about the vaccine and share their experiences of suffering from long Covid:

    The vaccine and health conditions

    Key charities have worked with the NHS to produce advice about the Covid-19 vaccine and health conditions

    The vaccine and fertility

    There's no evidence the Covid-19 vaccines have any effect on your chances of becoming pregnant. More information can be found at British Fertility Society: Covid-19 Vaccines & Fertility.

    Professor Lucy Chappell from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists talks to us about the vaccination and fertility:

    Icon for pdf Professor Lucy Chappel - video transcript (PDF, 82.7kb)

    The vaccine during pregnancy and breastfeeding

    The vaccine cannot give you or your baby Covid-19. You can also have the Covid-19 vaccine if you're breastfeeding. You can find the latest information at

    NHS GP, Dr Nighat Arif explains that the vaccine is safe when breastfeeding:

    Icon for pdf Dr Nighat video transcript (PDF, 77.1kb)

    Vaccine ingredients and your faith

    Covid-19 vaccines approved for use in the UK are safe for people of all ethnicities and faiths. These short videos explain more about the vaccine ingredients and why people from all backgrounds can feel confident in having it:

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