If you’re a frontline worker in the NHS, you are more likely to be exposed to COVID-19 at work. Getting your COVID-19 vaccination as soon as you can should protect you and may help to protect your family and those you care for. The COVID-19 vaccine should help reduce the rates of serious illness, save lives and will therefore reduce pressure on the NHS and social care services.
There are thousands of people in hospital at the moment who probably thought that Covid wouldn’t affect them much too – the average age of people in intensive care is 60 but more than 6,000 adults, between 20-59 have died of COVID19 including hundreds who were perfectly well beforehand with no underlying heath issues.
In the last few weeks, people aged 18-64 years have accounted for 40% of daily Covid admissions to hospital. Although the risk is higher with age and co-morbidities, anyone can catch the virus at any age. Covid can cause long-term complications and death.
The JCVI has issued new guidance around offering the Astra Zeneca vaccine to certain age groups.
For those in this age group who have had already their first dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine and had no adverse reactions, they should still come forward for their second dose when invited.
This condition can also occur naturally, and clotting problems are a common complication of COVID-19 infection.