COVID-19 Vaccine

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COVID vaccine approval

Three coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines have been developed and approved for use in the UK. (Pfizer/BioNTech, AstraZeneca/Oxford and Moderna)

The vaccines have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

The UK will now have enough vaccine availability to vaccinate the entire adult population and hopefully see an end to the coronavirus pandemic.

The NHS will start giving the coronavirus vaccine as soon as it is available.

You will be contacted when it's your turn. Please do not contact the NHS to find out when yours is happening.

At first, the vaccine will be offered to people who are most at risk from coronavirus, before being offered more widely.

Please note- There are various scams circulating. You will never be asked for your bank details to access the vaccine. The vaccine will be provided free of charge.

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How does a vaccine work?

Vaccines contain weakened or inactive parts of a particular organism (antigen) that triggers an immune response within the body. After which, if you come across the virus your body is able to fight off infection.
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Vaccines are safe

All vaccines are thoroughly tested to make sure they will not harm you or your child. The 3 leading candidates for the COVID vaccine are being tested by over 100,000 individuals worldwide, some of the largest clinical trials for any vaccine ever.
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How has the COVID vaccine been produced so quickly?

In the event of a public health emergency vaccine development can be sped up. This has happened with COVID-19 due to money being no object, larger clinical trials with much faster enrolment, using other similar vaccine developments as a platform (e.g. SARS), greater international collaboration, and manufacturing at risk.
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I'm not vulnerable so why do I need to be vaccinated?

Heard of Herd? 'Herd immunity' is a concept used for vaccination, in which a population can be protected from a certain virus if a threshold of vaccination is reached. Without the threshold being reached the virus will continue to spread. To end the pandemic and protect those that are immunosuppressed, we need to vaccinated as many as possible.
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Coronavirus vaccine research

The NHS are still looking for people to take part in research on coronavirus vaccines. We must continue to find new vaccines to ensure we are able to reach everyone in the UK with the right vaccine, and to protect against coronavirus mutations. Learn more here.
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Tackling misinformation

Misinformation, myths, and conspiracy theories present a clear and present danger to public health and in ending the coronavirus pandemic. Knowing what to share is vital.

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