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Roll up your sleeves

If you’re aged 18 to 49 get ready to roll up your sleeve

You will be invited forward to get the first dose of your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine between now and the end of July, depending on vaccine supply.

Why should I get vaccinated?

It’s really important that when invited forward you take up the vaccine, you can get seriously ill with coronavirus at any age.

While having the vaccine doesn’t eliminate the risk of coronavirus, by both you and your loved ones having it, it does reduce the impact of the virus.

The coronavirus vaccine is our best way out of this pandemic and getting back the things we’ve all missed.

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When will I be invited?

Those aged 40-49 will be invited forward first, followed by 30-39 year olds and then 18-29 year olds.

Invites should be sent out by the end of July.

Those aged under 40 are likely to be given either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines if available, in line with guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.

Vaccine safety

The coronavirus vaccines have passed through the same rigorous tests as all other vaccines. They have been tested on thousands of people around the world and now given to millions.

More about how the vaccines work

Vaccine side effects

Not everyone will experience side effects after getting the coronavirus vaccine, but for those that do, they are usually mild and will go away within a few days.

Experiencing side effects after the coronavirus vaccine is normal and they are much less serious than getting coronavirus.

After your vaccine

It will take time to establish the impact of the vaccines on the transmission of the virus, so it’s important people continue to follow the latest government advice at all times on:

  • Face coverings
  • Physical distancing
  • Maintaining good hand and respiratory hygiene
  • Ventilation by letting in fresh air before, during and after meeting indoors
  • Self-isolating immediately and booking a test, if symptomatic