Coronavirus Vaccine

Coronavirus Vaccine

 

Everyone aged 5 and over can get a first and second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Please note, this is only applicable to children who turned five years old by 31 August 2022.

Everyone aged 16 and over can also have a booster dose, three months after their second.

You can book a COVID-19 vaccination for yourself or your child on the national booking system at www.nhs.uk or by calling 119.

People aged 16 and over can simply turn up to a drop-in vaccination clinic without needing an appointment. To find a drop-in clinic in Coventry and Warwickshire, visit the Health and Care Partnership website.

Find out more about the COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 15.

 

Seasonal boosters

The autumn COVID-19 booster is now available to the following eligible groups:

  • Residents in a care home and staff working in care homes.
  • Frontline health and social care workers.
  • All adults aged 50 years and over.
  • Those aged 5 and over who are at increased risk.
  • Household contacts of people with immunosuppression.
  • Carers.

To find out more about the eligibility criteria, click here.

If you fall into one of these groups, you should have received an invitation from your GP or pharmacy with guidance on how to book your jab. If not, you can book online at www.nhs.uk/covid-booster or over the phone by calling 119.

People aged 16 and over can visit a drop-in clinic in Coventry and Warwickshire without needing a pre-booked appointment. For an up-to-date list of drop-in clinics visit the Health and Care Partnership website. Please note, at very busy times, drop-in appointments may not be available and you may be asked to come back at another time.

 

More information

For more information about how the vaccine is administered and the clinical approval process that vaccines go through, click here.

 

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Why do I need an autumn booster?

More than 94% of England’s population have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine – saving lives, helping tens of thousands to stay out of hospital, and enabling us to return to lives we knew before the pandemic began. 

However, the virus is still with us and is still making people very ill. 

Viruses like COVID-19 spread much more easily in winter when we socialise indoors, so it’s important that everyone eligible tops up their protection with an autumn booster.

The aim is to protect those at greatest risk from the virus against severe COVID-19 disease over winter.

How effective is the COVID-19 vaccine?

The COVID-19 vaccination will reduce the chance of you suffering from COVID-19.

The COVID-19 vaccines have saved more than 100,000 lives and significantly reduced hospitalisations from COVID-19. The accination programme allows us to live with this virus without restrictions on our freedoms.

 

With both flu and COVID-19 expected to be circulating this winter, it’s important to boost your immunity and help protect yourself and others.

Can I still catch COVID-19 after having the vaccine?

The COVID-19 vaccination will reduce the chance of you suffering from COVID-19 disease. It may take a few days for your body to build up some protection from the booster.

Like all medicines, no vaccine is a 100% guarantee of not catching the virus – some people may still get COVID-19 despite getting vaccinated but this should be less severe.

Has the COVID-19 booster been given to people like me?

As with any medicine, vaccines are highly regulated products. There are checks at every stage in the development and manufacturing process, and continued monitoring once it has been authorised and is being used in the wider population.

Each of the vaccines are tested on tens of thousands of people across the world. They are tested on both men and women, on people from different ethnic backgrounds, and of all age groups.

Latest data from UKHSA show that six months after receiving a second dose, two doses provide between 55% and 70% protection from needing to be hospitalised for Covid-19. This remains around 70% six months after receiving the booster.

Will there be any side effects from the vaccine?

Common side effects are the same for all COVID-19 vaccines used in the UK, and include:

  • having a painful, heavy feeling and tenderness in the arm where you had your injection. This tends to be worst around a day or two following the vaccination
  • feeling tired
  • headache
  • general aches, or mild flu-like symptoms.

You can rest and take paracetamol (follow the dose advice in the packaging) to help make you feel better. Although feeling feverish is not uncommon for two to three days, a high temperature is unusual and may indicate you have COVID-19 or another infection.

Although a fever can occur within a day or two of vaccination, if you have any other COVID-19 symptoms or your fever lasts longer, stay at home. Symptoms following vaccination normally last less than a week. If your symptoms seem to get worse or if you are concerned, you can call NHS 111.

Are there any serious side effects to having the COVID-19 vaccine?

Worldwide, there have been very rare cases of inflammation of the heart called myocarditis or pericarditis reported after some vaccinations. These cases have been seen mostly in younger men within several days after vaccination. Most of these people recovered and felt better following rest and simple treatments.

You should seek medical advice urgently if, after vaccination, you experience:

  • chest pain
  • shortness of breath
  • feelings of having a fast-beating, fluttering, or pounding heart.

If the vaccine and booster jabs offer high levels of protection, why do I keep having to have more?

For the 2022 autumn booster programme, the primary objective is to boost immunity in those at higher risk from severe COVID-19 illness. In particular, the vaccine will help avoid those people being hospitalised or dying from COVID-19 over winter.

I’ve only just had my first or second COVID-19 vaccine, can I have the autumn booster jab?

No, the JCVI advises that the booster vaccine should be offered no earlier than three months after completion of the primary vaccine course.

I have had COVID, do I need to wait before having my autumn booster?

If you've recently had a confirmed COVID-19 infection, you should ideally wait before getting any dose of the vaccine. You should ideally wait:

  • 4 weeks (28 days) if you're aged 18 years old or over
  • 12 weeks (84 days) if you’re aged 5 to 17 years
  • 4 weeks (28 days) if you’re aged 12 to 17 years old and at high-risk from COVID-19

This starts from the date your symptoms started or from the date of a positive test, whichever was earlier. If you had some symptoms but you are not sure if you had COVID-19, you should still attend for vaccination once your symptoms are better and you can discuss this with a healthcare professional when you attend.