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COVID-19 Vaccination Walk-in Clinics

Walk in vaccinations have been temporarily suspended at Vaccination Centres in Wirral, due to increased demand and supply issues. 

Booked vaccination appointments will still take place and people should continue to attend their appointment.

If you would prefer to book an appointment, please go to the NHS National Booking

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Myth-busters and FAQs

Ask Julie

Wirral’s Director of Public Health, Julie Webster, responds to common questions and myths about the COVID-19 vaccination.

Myth: The vaccine was approved too quickly; it won't be safe.

Truth: Most vaccines take years to develop, test and approve for public use but, a global effort has meant scientists have been able to work at record speed. The Oxford vaccine has been approved for use in the UK and has 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 UK has some of the highest safety standards in the world, and although clinical trials have been carried out more rapidly than they have for other vaccines, this has been achieved by conducting some of the steps in parallel rather than sequentially and vaccine safety has not been compromised.

Myth: The vaccine could give you Covid-19.

Truth: Some vaccines contain the germs that cause the disease they are immunising against but they have been killed or weakened to the point they don’t make you sick. But in the case of a coronavirus vaccine, none that are in development contain a live coronavirus, and they therefore can’t give you a coronavirus infection.

Myth: The vaccine could give you Covid-19.

Truth: Some vaccines contain the germs that cause the disease they are immunising against but they have been killed or weakened to the point they don’t make you sick. But in the case of a coronavirus vaccine, none that are in development contain a live coronavirus, and they therefore can’t give you a coronavirus infection.

Myth: I already had COVID-19, so I won’t benefit from the vaccine.

Truth: We don’t yet know how long natural immunity to COVID-19 lasts. Right now, it seems that getting COVID-19 more than once is not common, but there are still many questions that remain unanswered. Experts say that, even if you’ve had COVID-19, it would still be appropriate for you to get the vaccine to make sure you’re protected.

Myth: Since COVID-19’s survival rate is so high, I don’t need a vaccine.

Truth: It’s true that most people who get COVID-19 are able to recover. But it’s also true that some people develop severe complications. So far, more than 1.7 million people around the world have died from COVID-19 – and that doesn’t account for people who survived but needed to be hospitalized. Because the disease can damage the lungs, heart and brain, it may also cause long-term health problems that experts are still working to understand. There’s another reason to consider getting the vaccine: It protects those around you. Even if COVID-19 doesn’t make you very sick, you could pass it on to someone else who might be more severely affected. Widespread vaccination protects populations, including those who are most at risk and those who can’t be vaccinated. It will be important for ending the pandemic.

Myth: These vaccines will alter my DNA.
Truth: The vaccines use mRNA to instruct our cells to make a piece of the coronavirus’s hallmark spike protein in order to spark an immune system response. Once the mRNA does that, our cells break it down and get rid of it.
Myth: The vaccine contains pork.
Truth: There has been a lengthy debate about the safety of these vaccines and their suitability for the Muslim community. Council for Mosques has followed international debates, consulted with GPs, health professionals, and held discussions with local community leaders and Islamic Scholars. They have concluded that none of the three currently approved vaccines contain any animal fats or egg bi-products and therefore can be taken by Muslims.
Are the vaccines safe?

Yes. The NHS will not offer any Covid-19 vaccinations to the public until independent experts have signed off that it is safe to do so.

The MHRA, the official UK regulator, have said that all of these vaccines have good safety profiles and offer a high level of protection, and we have full confidence in their expert judgement and processes.

As with any medicine, vaccines are highly regulated products.

There are checks at every stage in the development and manufacturing process, and continued monitoring once it has been authorised and is being used in the wider population.

Can I have the vaccine if I have recently had COVID-19?

If you are aged 18+ (or aged 12-17 and in an at-risk group) and have had a positive COVID-19 test you need to wait 28 days before you attend for a COVID-19 vaccination.  This is 28 days from the day you had your test.

 

If you are aged 12-17 and you are not in an at-risk group, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) recommends that you wait 12 weeks after a positive test showing COVID-19 infection before getting a COVID-19 vaccination.

Can I have the vaccine if I am currently pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to conceive?

If you’re pregnant, you should be offered the COVID-19 vaccine when you’re eligible for it. The vaccine cannot give you or your baby COVID-19.

It’s preferable for you to have the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine because they’ve been more widely used during pregnancy in other countries and have not caused any safety issues.

You can also have the COVID-19 vaccine if you’re breastfeeding.

There’s no evidence that the COVID-19 vaccine has any effect on your chances of becoming pregnant. There’s no need to avoid pregnancy after vaccination.

The Royal College of Midwives has produced a helpful Frequently Asked Questions & Answers document for pregnant women which you can access here.

Can I have the vaccine if I have severe allergies?

Most people with allergies (including food or penicillin allergies) can be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Tell healthcare staff before you’re vaccinated if you’ve ever had a serious allergic reaction (including anaphylaxis). They may ask what you’re allergic to, to make sure you can have the vaccine.

Serious allergic reactions to the COVID-19 vaccines are very rare.

If you do have a reaction, it usually happens in minutes. Staff giving the vaccine are trained to deal with allergic reactions and treat them immediately.

If you have a serious allergic reaction to the 1st dose of a vaccine, you should not have the same vaccine for your 2nd dose.

If I get vaccinated, will I still be able to pass the virus to others?

The COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to reduce the chance of you suffering from COVID-19 disease.

It may take a few weeks from the first dose for your body to build up protection. Your body should respond more quickly (after a few days) after any additional doses. Like all medicines, no vaccine is completely effective, so you should continue to take recommended precautions to avoid infection. Some people may still get COVID-19 despite having a vaccination, but this should be less severe.

To protect yourself and your family, friends and colleagues, you must still:

  • wear a face mask where advised
  • wash your hands carefully and frequently
  • open windows to let fresh air in
  • follow the current guidance
Is the vaccine safe for people with sickle cell?

Yes, the vaccine is safe for people with sickle cell.

Does the vaccine contain any animal products?

No. There is no material of animal origin in any of the three vaccines. All ingredients are published in healthcare information on the MHRA’s website.

For the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine information is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/regulatory-approval-of-pfizer-biontech-vaccine-for-covid-19

For the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine information is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/regulatory-approval-of-covid-19-vaccine-astrazeneca

For the Moderna vaccine information is available here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/regulatory-approval-of-covid-19-vaccine-moderna