Covid-19 Vaccine - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Getting your vaccine

Where can I get my jab locally?

Please see our local vaccination sites for a walk in available near you

Can I get the jab if I’ve recently had COVID-19?

You cannot have a COVID-19 vaccine within 28 days of a positive test.

Can I pick what vaccine I get?  

No. Any vaccines that the NHS will provide will have been approved because they pass the MHRA’s tests on safety and efficacy, so people should be assured that whatever vaccine they get, it is worth their while.    

Are you due for your second COVID-19 vaccination soon?  

You will be eligible for your second dose of the COVID-19 vaccination 8 weeks after your first dose. You do not need to go back to the same location where you had it before, and you can book your appointment either via the National Booking System or by calling 119.

Should people who have already had COVID-19 or are suffering from ‘Long Covid’ get vaccinated?   

Yes, if they are in a priority group identified by JCVI. The MHRA have looked at this and decided that getting vaccinated is just as important for those who have already had Covid-19 as it is for those who haven’t, including those who have mild residual symptoms. Where people are suffering significant ongoing complications from Covid they should discuss whether or not to have a vaccine now with a clinician.

Are there any side effects?  

These are important details which the MHRA always consider when assessing candidate vaccines for use.    

For these vaccines, like lots of others, they have identified that some people might feel slightly unwell, but they report that no significant side effects have been observed in the tens of thousands of people involved in trials.   

Like all medicines, vaccines can cause side effects. Most of these are mild and short term, and not everyone gets them. Even if you do have symptoms after the first dose, you still need to have the second dose. Although you may get some protection from the first dose, having the second dose will give you the best protection against the virus.

Very common side effects include:

  • having a painful, heavy feeling and tenderness in the arm where you had your injection. This tends to be worst around 1-2 days after the vaccine
  • feeling tired
  • headache
  • general aches, or mild flu like symptoms

Although feeling feverish is not uncommon for 2 to 3 days, a high temperature is unusual and may indicate you have COVID-19 or another infection. You can rest and take the normal dose of paracetamol (follow the advice in the packaging) to help you feel better.

Symptoms following vaccination normally last less than a week.

All patients will be provided with information on the vaccine they have received, how to look out for any side effects, and what to do if they do occur, including reporting them to the MHRA. 

More information on possible side effects can be found on the NHS website.

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