Coronavirus (COVID-19): your vaccination
The biggest ever NHS vaccination programme is now underway.
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19 is now available at our Croydon University Hospital site. This means that many of you are already being invited 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, were among the first to receive the vaccines - and now other groups are also being invited.
If you are a patient in the currently eligible groups 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.
Many other NHS centres in Croydon are now also providing vaccinations.
Please see this leaflet for more information about how groups are being prioritised for invitations to get the vaccine, starting with the older people in the community: 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. 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. When you have your first one, we will stay in touch with you about when you can get your second.
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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