Covid: When will I get the vaccine?


Written by Philippa Roxby
Health reporter

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More than 34 million people in the UK received the first dose of Covid vaccine.

The second dose of the day is more than 14 million people.

Who is now being offered the vaccine?

The government insists that all adults will be offered the first dose – in descending order of age – by the end of July.

  • 40-49 years
  • 30-39 years
  • 18-29 years

Some groups at higher risk of needing hospital treatment from Covid are invited to accept the vaccination offer immediately:

  • Men
  • Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities
  • People with BMI older than 30 years
  • Those in slums
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Can pregnant women get the vaccine?

British vaccine advisers now say they should be offered a Covid sting when other people their age get it.

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are more desirable, they say, because the data relating to 90,000 pregnant women did not cause any safety problems. Data on how the AZ vaccine works in pregnant women may be available in the near future.

Who has already been offered the first dose?

Those most at risk for Covid and those caring for them were vaccinated first. They contain:

  • health and social staff in the first place
  • wards of nursing homes
  • clinically extremely vulnerable persons
  • older than 16 years with some health conditions that increase the risk of Covid
  • adult carers of persons with disabilities and young adults in nursing homes
  • people aged 40 and over in England
  • people aged 45 and over in Scotland
  • people over the age of 40 in Wales, and some of the health boards offer them to people over the age of 30
  • people aged 35 and over in Northern Ireland

When will I get my second dose?

Everyone should be offered a second dose of the vaccine within 12 weeks of the first injection to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

The first doses offered daily now outperformed the other stings.

Are two doses needed?

Approved vaccines require two doses to ensure the best protection.

In the UK, people were initially told they would get a second dose three to four weeks after the first. But to ensure faster introduction of the first doses, the chief medical officers of the United Kingdom extended the gap to 12 weeks.

This decision has been shown to be correct through studies showing that a single dose of the vaccine provides prolonged protection and reduces infections in all age groups. However, another dose is needed for maximum protection.

What sting can I get and can I mix and match vaccines?

But the British drug regulator – MHRA – says the benefits of the vaccine still outweigh the risks for most people.

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If you have already received your first dose of AstraZeneca, you should receive a second dose.

Only those who have suffered a rare blood clot after the first dose should not, says the regulator.

Do vaccines work against new variants?

All three vaccines used in the UK have been shown to be effective in preventing people from becoming seriously ill and dying from Covid.

There are concerns about vaccines it may not work well against variants first observed in South Africa and Brazil, as well as some UK versions. But developers are updating their hits to target new versions and plan to prepare them by the fall.

They will probably be offered as a routine booster for some groups.

How many doses of vaccine are there?

The UK has ordered eight vaccines and expects to receive 517 million doses – more than enough for each adult to receive two.

They include another 60 million doses of Pfizer vaccine to be used as part of a fall program in the fall. The vaccines supplied by CureVac will be designed to protect against the most important new variants.

Will children be vaccinated?

Most companies test Covid vaccines for children. Pfizer released early data which suggests that children aged 12 to 15 are well protected, with no unusual side effects.

In the UK, the Pfizer vaccine is currently approved for use over the age of 16, and the AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines over the age of 18.

Getting the Covid vaccine is not mandatory because experts say it would not help create public confidence. But the possibility of making it mandatory for NHS and nursing staff is being considered.

What about people with allergies?

Very few people have experienced a serious allergic reaction – known as anaphylaxis – after the Pfizer vaccine, but the British regulator says they are “very rare”.

You should discuss any serious allergies with your healthcare provider before vaccination.

Most people will not be affected in any way, although side effects are possible with all Covid vaccines.

The most common include a sore arm, headache, cold, fatigue, and nausea.

They are part of the body’s normal immune response to vaccines and tend to withdraw within a day or two.

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