Should I have the vaccine if I’m pregnant?

It is not routinely recommended for use during pregnancy, but we strongly recommend that you speak to your GP or midwife about it - particularly if you have underlying health issues.

For more information on having the vaccine when pregnant or breastfeeding go to gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-women-of-childbearing-age-currently-pregnant-planning-a-pregnancy-or-breastfeeding

Does the vaccine affect fertility?

No, there is no evidence to suggest the vaccine affects male or female fertility.

I have a learning or physical disability. How will I be supported through the process? 

If you are not able to get to a vaccination centre and you’re registered as housebound with your GP, you will be able to receive a vaccine at home from somebody in your local district nursing team. If you are registered with your GP they will contact you about this when you are eligible for a vaccine – you do not need to call them. 

If you have a learning disability, or you support somebody who does, and you would like some support with booking or attending the vaccination appointment, please speak to Camden Learning Disability Service (CLDS) for advice. If you do not already receive support from CLDS, please call the Council on 020 7974 4444 (option 9). For easy read information about the vaccine go to camden.gov.uk/covid-vaccine-clds?inheritRedirect=true

If you’re not housebound  but need support with the vaccination process, for example because of a physical or mental health condition, please call the Council on 020 7974 4444 (option 9). 

I’m a wheelchair user. How can I get to a vaccination appointment? 

When you book your vaccination appointment, your GP will be able to book wheelchair-accessible transport to take you to and from the appointment so please ask them to organise this when it’s your turn to have the vaccine.

Should I have the vaccine if I have a history of severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis)? 

You should not have the vaccine if you’ve had a severe allergic reaction to a previous dose of the same COVID-19 vaccine, or any component of the vaccine. If you’ve ever had a serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis), please tell healthcare staff before you have the vaccine or speak to your GP when you’re invited to have it. They can advise you accordingly.

You can find more information on the NHS website.

Should I have the vaccine if I'm on medication?

The vaccine is safe for people who are taking different forms of medications. However, your GP or vaccinator can discuss any medication you're on and answer any questions you may have.

Having the vaccine if you've already had coronavirus

You should get the vaccine even if you have already had coronavirus. We anticipate that immunity from the vaccine may be longer lasting than natural immunity. You should wait for four weeks after your symptoms have finished (or four weeks after a positive test result if you had no symptoms) before you get the vaccine.

The vaccine can protect you and others from serious illness, even if you have already had a mild experience.  That is why everyone is encouraged to have the vaccine when they are offered it.