Covid-19 Vaccinations Booster - Why You Are Being
Offered a Covid-19- Booster Like some other vaccines, levels
of protection may begin to wane over time. This booster
dose will help extend the protection you gained from
your first 2 doses and give you longer term protection.
The booster will help to reduce the
risk of you needing admission to hospital due to COVID-19
infection this winter;
Booster vaccinations will be offered
adults aged 50 and over
living in residential and social care workers and
health and social care workers, and adult carer's
those aged 16-49 with underlying health conditions
that puts them at higher risk of sever Covid-19
who live with immunosurpressed people
To be eligible, individuals must also
have received 2 doses of the Covid-19 vaccination
at least 6 months ago. The Pfizer vaccine will be
given in the booster programme, regardless of which
vaccine someone received for their first 2 doses.
Timing Of Booster The booster is being offered at
least 6 months after your last dose. Like your previous
doses, the vaccine will be given in your upper arm.
Protection against severe disease from
the first 2 doses seems to decline very slowly. So
don’t worry if your booster vaccine is given
a few weeks after the 6 months time-point. The booster
dose should help to extend your protection into the
Which Vaccine Will You Be
Offered You will be given a booster dose
of either Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. These vaccines
have already been given to millions of people in the
AstraZeneca may be an option if this
is the vaccine that you had for the first 2 doses.
You will be offered the right vaccine
for you which may be the same or different from the
vaccines that you had before.
Common Side Effects As with your previous dose
the common side effects are the same for all
COVID-19 vaccines used in the UK, and include:
a painful, heavy feeling and tenderness
in the arm where you had your injection
– this tends to be worst around 1
to 2 days after the vaccine
aches, or mild flu like symptoms
You can rest and take paracetamol
(follow the dose advice in the packaging) to help
make you feel better. 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
Although a fever can occur within
a day or two of vaccination, if you have any other
COVID-19 symptoms or your fever lasts longer, stay
at home and arrange to have a test. Symptoms following
vaccination normally last less than a week. If your
symptoms seem to get worse or if you are concerned,
you can call NHS 111.
Serious Side Effects Worldwide, there have also been
recent, very rare cases of inflammation of the heart
called myocarditis or pericarditis reported after
Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.
These cases have been seen mostly in
younger men within several days after vaccination.
Most of these people recovered and felt better following
rest and simple treatments.
You should seek medical advice urgently
if, after vaccination, you experience:
of having a fast-beating, fluttering, or pounding
If you had serious side effects
after any previous dose you may be advised to avoid
or delay further vaccination. You should discuss this
with your doctor or specialist.
Those Who Shuldn't Have
a Boooster There are very few people who should
not have a booster.
If you have had a severe reaction
to a previous dose of the vaccine you should discuss
this with your doctor.
Can You Still Catch Covid-19
After Having The Vaccine The COVID-19 vaccination will reduce
the chance of you suffering from COVID-19. It may
take a few days for your body to build up some protection
from the booster.
Like all medicines, no vaccine is completely
effective – some people may still get COVID-19
despite having a vaccination, but this should be less
If You Have Not Had The
First Vaccinnations If you have not yet had either
of your first 2 doses of the vaccine you should have
them as soon as possible.
You will still need the booster but
the timing of it will depend on when you had your
first 2 doses.