If you have had coronavirus, do you still need the vaccine?
If you have had Covid-19 then your body may have built up some natural immunity to the virus, however we don’t know how long this immunity lasts or if it fully protects you from catching Covid-19 again. It is likely that natural immunity won’t last as long as the immunity given to you by a vaccine. So, it is still very important to take up the offer of a Covid-19 vaccine.
Can you catch Covid-19 by having the vaccine?
You cannot catch Covid-19 from the vaccine, but it is possible to have caught Covid-19 and not realise you have the symptoms until after your vaccination appointment.
Why are some people being invited for a spring booster?
Covid-19 is more serious in older people and those with a weakened immune system. Protection from the vaccine may be lower and may decline more quickly in these people. For this reason, people aged 75 years and over, those adults in care homes and those aged 12 years and over with a weakened immune system are being offered the spring booster. You should book your appointment at least 3-6 months after your last booster dose.
Why do I need a booster?
The levels of protection from the first two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine wane over time. Getting your booster improves this protection. Data from UK Health Security Agency shows that the Booster is up to 75% effective in preventing infection. All those over 16 who had their second dose 3 months ago or more are now eligible to book their booster.
I have tested positive recently, how long should I wait before getting the vaccine.
If you’ve had a positive Covid-19 test, you need to wait before getting any dose of the vaccine. You need to:
- wait 4 weeks (28 days) if you’re aged 18 years old or over
- wait 12 weeks (84 days) if you’re aged 12 to 17 years old
- wait 4 weeks (28 days) if you’re aged 12 to 17 years old and at high-risk from COVID-19
What are the symptoms of post Covid Syndrome or Long Covid?
Common long COVID symptoms include:
- extreme tiredness (fatigue)
- shortness of breath
- chest pain or tightness
- problems with memory and concentration (“brain fog”)
- difficulty sleeping (insomnia)
- heart palpitations
- pins and needles
- joint pain
- depression and anxiety
- tinnitus, earaches
- feeling sick, diarrhoea, stomach aches, loss of appetite
- a high temperature, cough, headaches, sore throat, changes to sense of smell or taste
Can I speak to someone about the vaccine?
If you have questions about your jab, come for a chat with clinical staff in South West London at any of our vaccination centres. You can attend any of our vaccination centres and ask any questions you may have. This service is for everyone, and no question is too big or small, we’re here to answer them.
Does the vaccine include any parts from a fetus or animal?
No. There is no fetal or animal material, in any of the Covid-19 vaccines approved in the UK. The Covid-19 vaccine is 100% halal and does not contain any animal products. All ingredients are published in healthcare information on the MHRA’s website.
Is the NHS confident the vaccines are safe?
The vaccines approved for use in the UK have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
Any Covid-19 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. Millions of people have been given a Covid-19 vaccine and reports of serious side effects have been very rare.