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Covid-19 vaccinations

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

If you are aged 18 and over, or if you turn 18 before 1 July 2021, you are now eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine.

If you are eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine you can book your appointments or wait to be invited to go to a local NHS service.

If you are not yet eligible, please wait until your group opens or you receive contact from the NHS. It's important you do not contact the NHS for a vaccination until your group is eligible.

It's very important that you also receive your second vaccination since you need to have two doses of the vaccine for maximum protection.

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)

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

The UK Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is reviewing reports of an extremely rare blood clotting problem affecting a small number of people who have had the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine. This problem can also happen in people who have not been vaccinated. 

The Covid-19 vaccine can help to stop you getting seriously ill or dying from coronavirus.
For people aged 40 or over and those with other health conditions, the benefits of being vaccinated with the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine outweigh any risk of clotting problems.

It is currently advised that people under 40 without other health conditions have an alternative vaccine instead of the Oxford/AstraZeneca version. You can find more information on this at COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting.

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 is no evidence the vaccine affects fertility. 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

If you're pregnant, you should be offered the COVID-19 vaccine when you are eligible. It's preferable for you to have the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine because they've been more widely used during pregnancy in other countries and have not caused any safety issues.

You can book your Covid-19 vaccination online. During the booking process, you'll be asked if you're pregnant. You'll only be shown appointments for the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.

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:

After you have had the vaccine

Remember that's it's still very important to continue to follow the rules on social distancing after vaccination, these short videos show what you should do if you have been vaccinated:

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