The COVID-19 vaccine offers us the best protection from the virus and also the best route out of the pandemic. Overall, the vaccine programme in Knowsley has been hugely successful however there are a number of people hesitant to get their jab.
This article looks at some of the reasons behind vaccine hesitancy and also looks to separate fact from fiction.
You can read more about other resident’s experiences at their vaccine appointments here.
Cllr Christine Bannon, Cabinet Member for Health, said: “The vaccine programme in Knowsley has been hugely successful with the majority of people having had their first jab and many now also having had their second.
“Vaccination gives us the best possible protection against COVID-19 and is vital to us returning to normality as quickly as possible.
“I would urge anyone still unsure about getting the vaccine, to read this article and make sure they have the full facts from a reputable source before making a decision.”
You can find out information about the vaccination roll out here.
The vaccines approved for use in the UK have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
Any coronavirus vaccine that is approved must go through all the clinical trials and safety checks all other licensed medicines go through. The MHRA follows international standards of safety.
The global crisis that is COVID-19 has meant that we have been able to recruit patients to be involved in testing the vaccine much more quickly than would normally be the case.
Scientists had already been working on vaccines against the SARS group of viruses, of which COVID-19 is just one, for many years, so we were not starting from nothing.
Other vaccines are being developed. They will only be available on the NHS once they have been thoroughly tested to make sure they are safe and effective.
So far, millions of people have been given a COVID-19 vaccine and reports of serious side effects have been extremely rare.
To find out more about the vaccines approved in the UK, see:
Recent analysis from Public Health England (PHE) has indicated that 11,700 deaths have been prevented in those aged 60 and older in England (up till the end of April), while at least 33,000 hospitalisations were also prevented in those aged 65 and older.
The vaccine programme has also seen the infection rate across the country remain low which has played a huge role in the continued easing of restrictions.
By reducing the number of hospitalisations through COVID-19, the vaccine protects the NHS and ensures that the service does not experience the pressures it did earlier in the pandemic.
When you attend your vaccine appointment, if you let one of the staff know that you are nervous or have a phobia of needs, they will do everything possible to help you. Those administrating the vaccine are very experienced and will ensure that you feel comfortable during your appointment
It's beneficial for people of all ages to get the COVID-19 vaccine as it'll help to protect you, your family and those you care for.
You will only be offered the COVID-19 vaccines when all those who are more vulnerable than you have been vaccinated.
A phased approach to the vaccination programme was developed with the most vulnerable being the first cohort to receive their jab.
The NHS will only invite people for their vaccination when it is the right time to do so and vaccine supply allows.
Like all vaccines the COVID-19 vaccine can cause mild and short-term side effects, but not everyone will have them.
Most side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine are mild and should not last longer than a week, such as:
- a sore arm where the needle went in
- feeling tired
- a headache
- feeling achy
- feeling or being sick
You can take painkillers, such as paracetamol, if you need to.
If you have a high temperature you may have coronavirus or another infection. If your symptoms get worse or you are worried, call or go online to NHS 111.
There are now different types of covid-19 vaccine. If you have ever had a series allergic reaction to a vaccine speak to you GP about which type of the vaccine would be best for you.
The latest advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) is that COVID-19 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.
There is no evidence to suggest that fertility would be impacted by the vaccine.
The COVID-19 vaccine cannot give you the COVID-19 infection, and two doses will reduce your chance of becoming seriously ill. You should be able to work after getting the vaccine. Self-isolation is only if you develop symptoms or test positive for the virus.
There are a number of online sources that we recommend for information about the COVID-19 vaccine: