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Coronavirus vaccination facts

Key information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations.

All information has been taken from trusted sources including the NHS and UK government. Find out more about the coronavirus vaccine and the roll-out programme on the NHS website.

You can also view the easy read version of the vaccination information.

Information on the vaccination programme in Derbyshire is available on the Joined Up Care Derbyshire website and there is also specific information for residents in Glossop and surrounding areas.

Information may change so please continue to check back for the latest updates.

Vaccination roll-out

In England, the vaccine is being offered in some hospitals and pharmacies, at hundreds of local vaccination centres run by GPs and at larger vaccination centres.

The order in which people are being offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

If you're now eligible for your COVID-19 vaccination then please either wait to be contacted or book your coronavirus vaccination. Please do not phone your GP.

For a full list of current eligibility please visit Joined Up Care Derbyshire online.

Do I need to get vaccinated?

It's your choice. However, having the vaccine means it's much less likely that you'll get ill from COVID-19.

Doctors and public health officials believe that the COVID-19 vaccination is one of the ways to protect yourself from requiring NHS care.

The vaccine doesn't completely stop everyone getting COVID-19, but if you do still get COVID-19, your symptoms may be less serious.

Vaccines work by teaching your immune system how to protect you from diseases, by creating antibodies. Vaccination is a safer way for your immune system to learn how to do this, rather than catching the disease, which may cause you to be seriously ill.

You can find out more about how vaccinations work and how important they are.

It generally takes around 2 to 3 weeks for your body to build immunity after having the vaccination.

If you have the COVID-19 vaccination, it is important that you continue to remember: hands, face, space and to ventilate rooms well and follow all national or local restrictions in place.

Vaccination and COVID-19 infection

It's possible to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and still get sick. This is because your body has not had sufficient time to fully develop immunity to the virus.

Two doses of the COVID-19 vaccination are required to give you longer lasting protection. There is a chance you might still get or spread COVID-19 even if you have the vaccine.

When you have received one or more doses of the vaccine you still need to get tested and self isolate if you have symptoms.

Social distancing

It is important that if you are vaccinated you still need to follow social distancing rules to protect yourself and others.

If you use PPE as part of your work, you will still need to do this when you have had your vaccination. This will continue to protect both you and the people you work with.

Having the vaccine will protect you from serious illness or death.

It can also take a few weeks after vaccination before you are protected from infection.

Side effects

Like all medicines, vaccines can cause side effects. Most of these are mild and short term, and not everyone gets them. These are a sign that your body is responding to the vaccine.

Find out more about the coronavirus vaccine and possible side effects.

Symptoms following vaccination normally last less than a week. If your symptoms seem to get worse or if you are concerned, call NHS 111.

If you do seek advice from a doctor or nurse, make sure you tell them about your vaccination (show them the vaccination card if possible) so that they can assess you properly.

Vaccine safety

All vaccines approved for use in the UK, including the COVID-19 vaccine, have to meet strict safely standards.

The independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has had to follow international standards of safety.

The COVID-19 vaccines approved in the UK have had to meet strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

Find up-to-date information about the coronavirus vaccine in the UK on the NHS website.

All COVID-19 vaccines that are approved must go through all the clinical trials and safety checks all other licensed medicines go through. The vaccine has been shown to be effective and no safety concerns were seen in studies of more than 20,000 people.

View the latest vaccination figures.

Vaccine and other COVID-19 variants

Information about the characteristics of these variants is rapidly emerging. Scientists are working to learn more about how easily they might spread, whether they could cause more severe illness, and whether currently authorised vaccines will protect people against them.


Read the latest NHS advice regarding the coronavirus vaccine and pregnancy.