COVID-19 (Coronavirus) vaccines

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COVID-19 vaccines

Vaccine

Safety of the vaccine

The UK vaccinations have been rigorously tested and meets strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Millions of people have now been given a COVID-19 vaccine and reports of serious side effects, such as allergic reactions, have been very rare. No long-term complications have been reported.

Cost of the vaccine

The vaccine is free, and you do not need to be registered with a GP to receive it.

I’ve heard there is a tracking device in the vaccine, and I’m concerned

There is no tracking device in the vaccine. Vaccinations are a well-recognised way of preventing disease.

Safety of the vaccine for the BAME community

The vaccine is safe for all members of the BAME community and is particularly important as we know individuals from the BAME community are more susceptible to illness with Covid-19.

Importance of having the vaccine

Vaccination protects not only yourself but your family and the community around you.

You will need two doses of the vaccine to get the best long-term protection from the virus, although you will have a significant level of protection after you received the first dose. However, it is important that you continue to follow national guidance.

Vaccines and new strains of coronavirus

There is no evidence currently that new strains are resistant to the vaccines we have, so we are continuing to vaccinate people as normal.

Vaccines and fertility

There is no evidence to suggest Covid-19 vaccinations affect fertility in men or women.

Animal or human content within vaccine

There are no meat derivatives or porcine products, including gelatine, in the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine or AstraZeneca vaccine. Both are suitable for Muslims, Vegetarians and Vegans. Some people also believe the vaccine contains human product - this is not true. All ingredients are published in healthcare information on the MHRA’s website.

Suitability of vaccine for Muslims

The vaccine contains no porcine and is suitable for Muslims. Further information about the vaccine for Muslim communities, including information about having the vaccine while fasting, can be found via the Muslim Council of Britain.

DNA and behaviour change

The vaccines contain messenger RNA (MrNA) which tells your cells to make the spike protein found on coronavirus. When the immune system recognises this protein it builds an immune response by developing antibodies to fight future infection. The Mrna cannot access or change your DNA and will not change your behaviour.

Local vaccinations

Further information, advice and questions regarding the Covid-19 Vaccination can be found via the Coventry and Warwickshire Health and Care Partnership website.

Carers

Information about booster vaccines.

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