Coronavirus (COVID-19): your vaccination
The biggest ever NHS vaccination programme is now underway.
A vaccine for COVID-19 is now available and our Croydon University Hospital site is just one of only 50 'hospital hubs' in the country where people in their local communities can get immunised. This means that some of you who choose to have the vaccine will soon be able to visit us to get the jab.
Who can get the vaccine
To ensure we make the most of the vaccine stocks that arrive, the NHS is first prioritising people who are most vulnerable.
This means that people who are 80 or above, as well as care home staff and some frontline NHS workers, will be among the first to receive the vaccines.
If you are a patient aged 80 and above who is attending our hospital as an outpatient, or if you are being discharged home after a hospital stay, we will offer you the vaccine. We will also begin inviting people over 80 to come in for the jab.
Some Croydon GPs will also be able to start providing it over the coming weeks and months, for the same age groups.
The vaccination will soon become available to people in other age groups. Please see this leaflet for more information about how this will take place: COVID-19 Coronavirus vaccination - why do I have to wait - Dec 20
What should you do if you are contacted about receiving a vaccination?
If you are offered the vaccine, and choose to have it you will need to go to the agreed location - currently Croydon University Hospital. Here you will see one of our trained vaccinators, who will explain the vaccination process to you. You will usually be given by an injection to your shoulder. The process will take about 15minutes, after which you will be able to leave.
For the vaccination to be effective, you will be required to have a second vaccination approximately 21 days after the first.
Your questions answered
If you have any questions, please do read these useful additional guides:
- COVID-19 Coronavirus vaccination - what to expect - Dec 20
- COVID-19 Coronavirus vaccination - a guide for adults - Dec 20
Information about the vaccine
The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine has met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
The vaccine tells your immune system to make antibodies and immune cells that greatly increase your resistance to the coranavirus. It vaccines do not contain living organisms, and so are safe for people with disorders of the immune system.
A very small number of people who are at risk of COVID-19 cannot have the vaccine – this includes people who have severe allergies to a component in the vaccine. You will be asked about this before being given the vaccine.
Women of childbearing age, those who are pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding should read the detailed information here .
Other vaccines are being developed too. They will only be available on the NHS once they have been thoroughly tested to make sure they are safe and effective.
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