We know that coming out of lockdown and getting the vaccine is a cause for anxiety for many, especially if you have pre-existing conditions and you have been shielding. We teamed up with Warrington Disability Partnership to answer their service users questions.
All of the vaccination centres have gone through a registration to make sure that they meet the guidance and safety requirements.
All of the centres are accessible, and you do not need to go for an appointment at a mass vaccination centre outside of your area for a venue with an accessible toilet.
There is a range of staff at each centre to support anyone that needs it. From volunteer marshals to GPs and pharmacists. If you or anyone that you support will need any extra assistance, please contact your GP Practice about any reasonable adjustments that are needed.
All vaccinators have been trained and the majority of them are our current GPs, nurses and pharmacists do please don’t be worried about who is giving you the vaccine.
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All the centres are COVID safe, with social distancing, hand sanitising and face masks at all of the centres. Your temperature will be taken, and all chairs and vaccination tables are spaced out.
We understand that people might be anxious, especially those that might not have been out of their houses for a while. But it is so important that when you are invited for your vaccine that you get it. It is one of the best ways to keep everyone safe and let us get back to as close to the life we had before COVID.
There is a lot of staff to support you whilst you are there. There are so many positive stories from people who have had the vaccine, so again please don’t let this be a worry for you.
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Like all medicines, vaccines can cause side effects. Most of these are mild and short-term, and not everyone gets them. 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
You can take painkillers, such as paracetamol, if you need to. If your symptoms get worse or you are worried, you can also call 111.
This can sometimes be the case, if your condition symptoms include feeling tired, achy or sick. But please be assured that the side effects we have described are quite normal.
It is important that you let your GP know if you have a reaction that is not as described in the leaflet you will have been given or if your reaction was severe. Even if you do have symptoms after the first dose, you still need to have the second dose. If you are worried, then please do contact your GP practice and discuss this with either the GP or one of the practice nurses.
This is a question that needs to be answered by your secondary care clinician/consultant at the hospital where you are treated.
There are lots of reasons why different people take different types of medicines so chatting to your consultant can answer this question for you.
Although the vaccine was not tested on those with very serious immunological conditions, the vaccine has been proven to be very effective and it is unlikely that the vaccine will have no effect at all on these individuals.
There may be a very small number of people with very complex or severe immunological problems who can’t make any response at all – but the vaccine should not do any harm to these individuals. Individuals meeting these criteria may want to discuss the vaccine further with their specialist doctor.
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You should not have the COVID-19 vaccine if you have ever had a serious allergic reaction (including anaphylaxis) to:
- a previous dose of the same vaccine
- any of the ingredients in the vaccine
Serious allergic reactions are rare. If you do have a reaction to the vaccine, it usually happens in minutes. Staff giving the vaccine are trained to deal with allergic reactions and treat them immediately.
Checking for allergies is a routine part of the process before giving any vaccine or new medicine. In Warrington, the practices screen patients before inviting a patient to one of our local GP sites for a vaccination and we will make sure that anyone with allergies get the Astra Zeneca (AZ) vaccine.
GPs are working closely with Warrington Hospital and if we are concerned about how a patient may react to the vaccine, we will refer to the hospital site for the vaccination.
The pharmacy sites and the mass site in St Helens are only using the AZ vaccine.
A detailed review of the vaccines and their ingredients have been provided by the MHRA.
The vaccine being live is not true. The vaccine does not contain the coronavirus, so you are not at risk of catching COVID by having the vaccine.
The vaccine works by stimulating the immune system to make antibodies and cells to fight the infection, but the vaccine does not contact the coronavirus.
Vaccination is the most important thing we can do to protect ourselves and our children against ill-health. They prevent up to three million deaths worldwide every year.
Since vaccines were introduced in the UK, diseases like smallpox, polio and tetanus that used to kill or disable millions of people are either gone or seen very rarely. Other diseases like measles and diphtheria have been reduced by up to 99.9% since their vaccines were introduced. However, if people stop having vaccines, it's possible for infectious diseases to quickly spread again.
The COVID vaccinations have been through exactly the same tests and safety procedures that every vaccine goes through. Because of the devasting and unprecedented effect COVID was having worldwide the vaccination trials were subject to immediate funding, reduced red tape and an extraordinary number of willing volunteers to be involved. This resulted in a quicker than usual vaccine, but a no less safe vaccine.
As a carer, whether this is unpaid or paid, you might be caring for someone who is at high risk of the complications of COVID. Not all those who are infected develop symptoms and can then pass the virus on to those around them, putting those people at high risk.
As an unpaid or paid carer you are providing a vital role and having the vaccine will protect you, your family and those that you care for.
All front line workers and paid carers have been offered the vaccine and unpaid carers who are eligible for a carer’s allowance, or those who are the sole or primary carer of an elderly or disabled person who is at increased risk of COVID-19 mortality and therefore clinically vulnerable' are also now being offered the vaccine.
Unpaid carers will not need to show proof they will just need to sign to say they are eligible.
Yes. There is already some very encouraging data from the UK and other parts of the world showing a reduction in hospitalisation and deaths in those who have had the vaccine, but it is still so important to carry on with protecting ourselves and each other.
Not everyone has had the vaccine yet and the vaccine doesn’t necessarily stop you catching COVID it reduces the risk of you being seriously ill and being hospitalised.
For more information about the Covid vaccine, please watch this short video.
For anyone that has had COVID, you might still be coming to terms with the impact the virus has had on both your body and mind.
These changes should get better over time, some may take longer than others, but there are things you can do to help.
Your COVID Recovery is a website that can help you to understand what has happened and what you might expect as part of your recovery.
If you are continuing to have symptoms after 12 weeks, your GP may refer you to Long COVID Assessment Service.
For Cheshire and Merseyside patients over 18, this is being provided by Liverpool University Hospitals Foundation Trust (LUHFT) and it is suitable for patients who were treated either in hospital or in the community.
If you are referred to the service, a member of their clinical team will then contact you for a remote assessment so an appropriate treatment plan can be put in place.
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Are vaccination centres accessible?
Dave Thompson from Warrington Disability Partnership talks about why it's so important to have the Covid-19 vaccine.
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