The first dose gives you some protection, but a second provides longer-lasting protection. A booster stops protection waning, which you can have three months later.
Most side effects will be mild and not last longer than a week. Common ones include: a sore arm from the injection, feeling tired, shivery, having a high temperature. Serious allergic reactions are rare, but tell healthcare staff before your jab if you’ve ever had one. They can assess you beforehand.
Most hospitalisations and deaths happen among unvaccinated people or those with limited protection. Since the UK rolled out its vaccine programme, deaths have reduced significantly. An infection is less likely to be a serious one for someone fully vaccinated.
Medicines are particularly vital for vulnerable people who don’t respond well to vaccines.
In incredibly rare cases, a blood clotting problem occurs with the Oxford vaccine. For people over 40 this is less likely, while the under 40s are receiving alternative vaccines. A similar issue was found with Janssen, but there are no further supplies in the UK.
Then it’s even more important to get vaccinated because you’re at a higher risk from Covid. Separately, the vaccine will not affect a woman's fertility if she’s trying for a baby.
Myths Vs Facts
Myth: I don’t need the vaccine because I’ve already had Covid-19
Fact: Your chance of getting reinfected is double if you had Covid but then didn’t bother with vaccination – compared to someone who did bother. A study showed this in August, 2021.
Myth: Scientists rushed the vaccine, so its safety is questionable
Fact: The makers of the vaccines didn’t skip any testing – they were able to work faster because they had greater resources available. As with all vaccines, they had to meet strict international standards for safety and effectiveness.
Myth: Getting the vaccine can give you Covid
Fact: The vaccines don’t contain the virus itself, so this can’t happen. Its technology helps your body to recognise and fight the virus, which is something different.
Myth: The vaccines change your DNA
Fact: The vaccine doesn’t interfere with the nucleus of your cells, where your DNA lives, so this is untrue.
Myth: The vaccine contains weird substances you shouldn’t put in your body (fetal tissue, microchips, mercury)
Fact: Pfizer and Moderna were not made using fetal cells. They also don’t contain tracking devices or microchips. Mainstream Covid vaccines don’t contain thiomersal, which is a mercury-based chemical rarely used for vaccines. Even when it is, studies have shown it’s safe.
Myth: Covid has been spread by 5G networks (or 5G weakens immunity)
Fact: Viruses are unable to travel on radio waves and mobile networks. Covid has also been spreading in countries that do not have 5G at all. The UK government has directly rejected this.
Once I become a Community Champion, how will I be able to provide the relevant information on COVID-19 to the residents of Slough?
Once you sign up to become a Community Champion, we will provide you with the latest information about COVID-19. There will also be exclusive webinars and events for you to join. These are optional, but we highly recommend that you take advantage of the opportunity to speak to topic experts.
How will you keep us updated with the latest COVID-19 information and guidance?
There will be weekly online updates and briefings, as well as a dedicated email address so you can contact us directly. You will need to have an email address, a mobile phone and a way to access Zoom meetings.
What happens if I want to withdraw from being a Community Champion?
Should you wish to withdraw from the Champions Network at any time, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will ensure that your information is removed from the database.
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