General questions - Frequently asked questions
Does the vaccine contain the ‘live’ virus? Can it give me or anyone around me COVID-19?
No. The vaccines are designed to produce an immune response to just a small part of the virus, the spike protein. This is the part of the virus that allows it to enter into human cells and cause infection. No whole COVID-19 virus or live virus is used in the vaccines. This means the vaccine cannot give you COVID-19 and does not make you infectious after you have had the vaccine. This means it is also safe for people with a suppressed immune system.
Can I have the flu vaccine at the same time as the Covid-19 vaccine?
It is possible that some people might be able to have their flu and their Covid-19 booster vaccination at the same appointment but this will depend on when their booster vaccination is due.
Does the vaccine cure COVID-19 if you are positive?
You should not have the vaccine if you have had confirmed COVID-19 infection in the previous 28 days unless you are advised by your doctor that it is suitable for you to do so.
Is the vaccine suitable for vegans?
There are no animal products listed in the ingredients.
Will the vaccine affect my fertility?
There is no need to avoid pregnancy after COVID-19 vaccination. There is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines have any effect on fertility or your chances of becoming pregnant.
Does the vaccine cause blood clots?
The Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is carrying out a detailed review of reports of an extremely rare blood clotting problem affecting a very small number of people who had the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine. It's not yet clear why it affects some people.
The COVID-19 vaccine can help stop you getting seriously ill or dying from COVID-19. For people aged 40 or over and those with other health conditions, the benefits of being vaccinated with the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine outweigh any risk of clotting problems.
Is there another way to be vaccinated other than having an injection?
Currently the only way you can be vaccinated is by an injection in your arm. If you are worried about having an injection, please let someone know when you arrive at the vaccination centre and we will do our best to make the process as easy as possible for you.
How long does your immunity against Covid-19 last after you’ve been vaccinated?
It may take a few weeks for your body to build up some protection from the vaccine.
Covid-19 remains a new infection and close observation by experts continues. At this stage it is unclear whether the vaccine will need to given yearly, like the flu vaccine, or less frequently.
Trials for length of vaccine protection continue and will also inform how vaccination for Covid-19 is recommended in the future.