The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus. Hospira UK Ltd is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus. The COVID-19 vaccine is safe for pregnant & breastfeeding mothers. The COVID-19 vaccine is given as an injection into your upper arm. It's given as 2 doses. The 1st dose of the COVID-19 vaccine provides protection for up to 3 months. You will have the 2nd dose 3 to 12 weeks after having the 1st dose.
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). The MHRA follows international standards of safety. The 1st dose of the COVID-19 vaccine should give you good protection from coronavirus. But you need to have the 2 doses of the vaccine to give you longer lasting protection.
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, tiredness, headache, feeling achy, feeling or being sick. You can take painkillers, such as paracetamol, if you need to. If your symptoms get worse or you are worried, call 111 or see your doctor.