Vaccinations in Sefton
The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.
You can find more Easy Read documents about what to expect at your vaccine appointment and some reassurance about fertility and the vaccine on the government website.
Although rates of COVID-19 have been dropping, you can stil have COVID-19 without any symptoms and pass it on to family, friends and colleagues, who may be at increased risk from coronavirus.
Being healthy doesn’t reduce your risk of catching COVID-19 or passing it on, which is why it is important to get a vaccinations when it is offered to you.
The COVID-19 vaccination will reduce the chance of you suffering from COVID-19 disease.
No vaccine is 100% effective, and it takes a few weeks for your body to build up protection from the vaccine.
Some people may still get COVID-19 despite having a vaccination, but this should reduce the seriousness of any infection they do get.
The vaccines that are being used have been shown to be effective and no safety concerns were seen in studies of tens of thousands of people.
Over half the country's adult population has now had their vital first vaccine dose. According to NHS figures, more nine out of 10 people aged 65 and over have already had their first dose.
Sefton GP, Dr Pete Chamberlain has shared this video on the local COVID-19 vaccination programme.
Staff giving you the vaccine will be wearing personal protective equipment and will follow all cleaning and disinfection requirements.
The UK’s national Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advised on 16th April, 2021 that pregnant women should be offered the COVID-19 vaccine.
In its statement, the Committee said that there have been no specific safety concerns identified with any brand of coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines in relation to pregnancy. This means the vaccines should be offered to pregnant women at the same time as the rest of the population, based on their age and clinical risk group.
In this video, JCVI member Dr Maggie Wearmouth provides advice about COVID-19 vaccination and pregnancy.