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Almost 21 million people in the U.K. have now received their first vaccine and we’re making some great progress across our regions too; have a look at the graphs below to see how we’re doing.
We are however aware that many colleagues still have questions and concerns that are delaying them from having the vaccine, mainly caused by misinformation they’ve read in the news. Here, I will tackle some of these concerns and answer your questions.
I’m concerned about the possible side effects; how could taking the vaccine affect me?
SIDE EFFECTS | FACTS: You may experience some mild side effects
Side effects are important details which the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) always consider when assessing candidate vaccines. For all the Covid-19 vaccines, like many others, they have identified that some people will feel slightly unwell, but they report no significant side effects have been observed in the tens of thousands of people involved in the trials. When you have the COVID-19 vaccination you may experience some mild side effects which could include:
• A sore arm where the needle went in
• A heavy arm the following day
• Feeling tired
• A headache
• Generally feeling achy
The NHS advise taking painkillers, such as paracetamol, if needed. In the very rare event that your symptoms get worse or you are worried, you should call 111
MYTH: The vaccine can make you infertile
It is understandable that there have been questions regards fertility but the fearful claims, which can be found online, have never been substantiated. There is absolutely no evidence the vaccine can cause infertility.
MYTH: You can catch COVID-19 from the vaccine
The vaccine does not contain any part of the COVID virus (dead or alive). A vaccine would not be approved for use if it could give you the disease it is supposed to protect you from.
MYTH: Vaccines alter your DNA
The vaccine can’t alter your DNA. They comprise mRNA that gives the body instructions on how to make proteins on the surface of the virus. This does not alter your DNA but teaches your body an immune response to COVID-19 in case you are exposed.
You can contact our confidential advice line
If you would like to speak in confidence with someone about any of the above concerns or other issues related to having the vaccine, please email our confidential COVID—19 advice line.