Covid 19 Vaccinations - The Facts

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Covid 19 Vaccinations – The Facts

What is a Vaccine:

  • Vaccines reduce the spread of infectious diseases and even get rid of some altogether.
  • Vaccination is the most important thing you can do to protect your community against serious illnesses
  • When enough people get vaccinated, it’s harder for a disease to spread to those who can’t have vaccines
  • Vaccines are designed to prevent people from getting serious infectious diseases. It is much safer for your immune system to learn how to fight illnesses through vaccination than by catching and treating them.
  • Vaccines go through several stages of lab tests and clinical trials before they can be approved for use. Regulators review the results of these trials to check whether a vaccine meets the required levels of safety and effectiveness. 
  • After any vaccine is licensed for use in the UK, it is monitored by the @MHRAgovuk. This is an important part of making sure vaccines continue to meet safety standards on an ongoing basis.
  • You can access the Government’s Vaccine Delivery Plan here.

How do I get my Vaccine?

You will be contacted by the NHS and asked to book an appointment.

Remember, the vaccine is only available on the NHS and is free of charge. If you receive an email, text message or phone call purporting to be from the NHS and you are asked to provide financial details, this is a scam.

  • The NHS will never ask you for your bank account or card details.
  • The NHS will never ask you for your PIN or banking password.
  • The NHS will never arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine.
  • The NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips.

 If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting

Having an effective COVID-19 vaccine is the best way for people to protect themselves from the virus, saving tens of thousands of lives. While people understandably have questions about vaccine development, there have been a number of viral social media posts that make false claims about potentially life saving vaccines. False information has been shared about the ingredients or processes used to make vaccines, including absurd claims that vaccines contain 5G microchips. These claims have all been independently debunked. If you see information about vaccines, always check the NHS website for the facts.

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