COVID-19 Vaccine Update No 14
Published: 28 Apr 2021
About the vaccine - side-effects
Am I likely to suffer any side-effects from receiving the vaccine?
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
• feeling tired
• a headache
• feeling achy
• feeling or being sick
• If you have a high temperature you may have coronavirus or another infection.
If your symptoms get worse or you are worried, call 111. Serious side effects are very rare. If you do experience any of the following from around 4 days to 4 weeks after vaccination you should seek medical advice urgently by calling 111.
• shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling or persistent abdominal pain
• a new, severe headache which is not helped by usual painkillers or is getting worse
• a headache which seems worse when lying down or bending over or
• an unusual headache that may be accompanied by:
• blurred vision, nausea and vomiting
• difficulty with your speech
• weakness, drowsiness or seizures
• new, unexplained pinprick bruising or bleeding.
If you have questions or concerns about the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine you can find out more at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/ Everyone who has had their first dose is still encouraged to attend their appointment to have their second when it is their turn.
If you have already had a first dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine without suffering any serious side effects, you should complete the course. Read this leaflet for more information and things to look out for if you are concerned. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attach ment_data/file/977653/PHE_COVID-19_AZ_vaccination_guide.pdf
The risk of blood clots after coronavirus is eight times higher than after having the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine. https://news.sky.com/story/risk-of-blood-clot-after-covid-is-eight-times-higher-thanafter-astrazeneca-jab-study-12276088 The vaccine is still the best protection from COVID-19. Please continue to attend your appointments. There have been reports of a very rare condition involving blood clots and unusual bleeding after vaccination. This can also occur naturally, and clotting problems are a common complication of COVID-19 infection. The benefits of being vaccinated still outweigh any risk
Mild side effects like fever and headaches are very common after the COVID-19 vaccination. If your symptoms get worse or you are worried, please call NHS 111 first and they will tell you what to do and where to go if they think you need to be seen. #MyJab www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirusvaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/
Although serious side effects are very rare, you should seek medical advice urgently if you experience a new, severe headache which is not helped by painkillers or is getting worse after vaccination. Call NHS 111 to get the help you need. www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirusvaccine/
One in seven over 75s have received second dose
Progress continues to be made across West Sussex as the roll out of the vaccination programme continues. First dose appointments are being arranged daily for anyone in the initial priority groups who is yet to receive their vaccine and for those most recently eligible - people aged 45-49. In addition, second dose appointments have been taking place, and thousands more are expected this week. To date, more than 70% of those aged 75 and over have now received their second vaccination, and more than 300,000 second doses have been provided to people across our communities. People are being invited for their second dose appointment approximately 12 weeks from their first vaccination. Everyone is urged to attend your appointment and make sure you receive both doses for the maximum protection.
National Booking Service now open again for health and care workforce
If you are an eligible health and care professional, you can now book your vaccinations through the National Booking Service. The ability to book was postponed while vaccine supply was limited and local links for the Sussex vaccination centres were made available, but now the national system has reopened for health and care staff. If you are eligible but have not yet had your first vaccination, please use the website or call 119 today to arrange your appointment.
Moderna vaccine now being offered at the Brighton Centre
The first Moderna jabs in Sussex have been delivered today at the Brighton Centre. The vaccination centre, run by Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, is one of two sites in the South East which has started to use the newest vaccine, as the NHS continues to expand the vaccination programme. For those aged 18-29 who are eligible for their vaccination, the Moderna vaccine provides another alternative to the AstraZeneca vaccine, in line with the latest updated MHRA guidance. Over the coming weeks, the supplies will be used for first dose appointments, while people attending second dose appointments will continue to receive the same vaccine as they had for their first dose. People are being urged to continue to attend all booked appointments.
New film encourages the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller and Showmen communities to have their vaccination
Members of the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller (GRT) and Showmen communities are being encouraged to ‘Give Covid the Jab’ in a new NHS video released today. Produced by the GRT and Inclusion Health team at First Community Health and Care in partnership with Surrey Heartlands CCG, the video aims to educate, inform and answer common questions about the Covid-19 vaccine to boost vaccine confidence within Traveller communities. The film follows renowned Romany journalist Jake Bowers as he investigates what he and others in the nomadic communities can personally do to help society move on from the pandemic.
There is still time to name the new Crawley vaccination building
There is just over a week to enter the competition launched by Saxonbrook Medical Practice in Crawley to name its new vaccination centre.
Children are asked to submit their suggestion, with a parent or teacher, via the dedicated website by 30th April. The successful entry will be used to name the building, and the winner will receive £50 in book tokens for their class.
Dr Hicham Nakouzi is GP Partner at Saxonbrook, he said: “It’s a privilege to involve the community, and especially children, in this important project. We have spent three months creating a safe and effective setting for local residents to receive their vaccine and we want them to continue to feel involved in our ongoing work. We look forward to receiving lots of competition entries.” Full terms and conditions as well as instructions about how to submit an entry can be found at: https://abcltd.org.uk/nhscrawleyschoolscompetition/