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Please find below a number of commonly asked questions and answers about the Covid-19 vaccination programme.

More information on the Covid-19 vaccination can be found here.

More information about your Covid-19 vaccination can be found in this helpful NHS leaflet.

A guide for older adults


Information about the NHS Covid-19 Vaccine Programme

I am in one of the listed priority groups, so why do I have to wait?

The COVID-19 vaccines will become available as they are approved for use and as each batch is manufactured.

So every dose is needed to protect those at highest risk. You will be called in as soon as there is enough vaccine available.

Some people who are housebound or live in a care home and who can’t get to a local vaccination centre may have to wait for supply of the right type of vaccine. This is because only some vaccines can be transported between people’s homes.

For more information read this helpful leaflet Why do I have to wait?

Should I get the jab if I have already had Covid?

Yes, if you are in a priority group identified by Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). The MHRA have looked at this and decided that getting vaccinated is just as important for those who have already had Covid-19 as it is for those who haven’t.

Should I still come for my jab if I feel unwell?

In line with normal vaccination advice, it is not advisable to have this vaccination if you currently have an infection causing you to feel feverish or particularly unwell.

If you just have a minor illness – the sort that you would normally expect to get better on its own – this should be ok. But please mention this when you arrive for your vaccination so we can check your condition.

You should not attend a vaccine appointment if you are self-isolating, waiting for a COVID-19 test or unsure if you are fit and well.

Please do not contact us if you can’t attend your appointment for any reason. We will know that you haven’t attended and will make sure you are invited again, when the next batch of vaccines arrive.




Can I choose which vaccine I have?

There may be a number of vaccines approved as we roll out the programme.

Any vaccines that are available will have been approved because they pass the MHRA’s tests on safety and efficacy, so people should be assured that whatever vaccine they get, it is worth their while. 

Is the vaccine safe?

Yes. The NHS will not offer any Covid-19 vaccinations to the public until independent experts have signed off that it is safe to do so. The MHRA, the official UK regulator, have said this vaccine is safe and highly effective, and we have full confidence in their expert judgement and processes.  
As with any medicine, vaccines are highly regulated products.
There are checks at every stage in the development and manufacturing process, and continued monitoring once it has been authorised and is being used in the wider population.     


Are there any side effects?

These are important details which the MHRA always consider when assessing candidate vaccines for use.
For this vaccine, like lots of others, they have identified that some people might feel slightly unwell, but they report that no significant side effects have been observed in the over 43,000 people involved in trials.
All patients will be provided with information on the vaccine they have received, how to look out for any side effects, and what to do if they do occur, including reporting them to the MHRA. 

For more details of common side effects, please read your leaflet here

How effective is the vaccine and how long does it take to work?

The MHRA have said this vaccine is highly effective

The COVID-19 vaccine has been shown to reduce the chance
of you suffering from COVID-19 disease. Each vaccine has been tested in more than 20,000 people in several different countries and shown to be safe.

It may take a week or two for your body to build up some protection from the first dose of vaccine. Like all medicines, no vaccine is completely effective, so you should continue to take recommended precautions to avoid infection. Some people may still get COVID-19 despite having a vaccination, but this should be less severe.


Is the vaccine vegan/vegetarian friendly?

The 2 approved COVID-19 vaccines do not contain any animal products or egg.

Who cannot have the vaccine?

For the latest guidance on who should have the vaccine see here

How effective is the COVID-19 vaccine?

This is all included in the information published by the MHRA, and Public Health England will also be publishing more resources for patients and professionals. People can be assured the NHS will ensure that they have all the necessary information on those vaccines that are approved by the MHRA before they attend for their vaccination.  

I’m currently ill with COVID-19, can I get the vaccine?

People currently unwell and experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should not receive the COVID-19 vaccine until they have recovered.

Do people who have already had COVID-19 get vaccinated?

Yes, they should get vaccinated. There is no evidence of any safety concerns from vaccinating individuals with a past history of COVID-19 infection, or with detectable COVID-19 antibody, so people who have had COVID-19 disease (whether confirmed or suspected) can still receive the COVID-19 vaccine when it is their time to do so.

What's happening at Haxby Group?

We are inviting patients in the priority groups to come and have their vaccinations. The priority groups selected are in line with the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) recommendation. The Practice will let you know when it's your turn to have the vaccine. Please do not contact the practice to ask about the vaccine, you will be hear from us when the time is right. It's important not to contact us for a vaccination before then.

What's happening in York?

Haxby Group will be delivering the Covid-19 vaccine on behalf of a Primary Care Network, serving a population of 48,039 patients.
This is the West, Outer and North East York Primary Care Network (PCN).
This PCN includes The Old School Medical Practice, Front Street Surgery, and Haxby Group Practice. 
Vaccination clinics will be held at Haxby and Wigginton Health Centre. People will be invited to attend by letter, as supplies of vaccine become available.

What’s happening in Hull?

Haxby Group and Modality GP Practice groups will be delivering the Covid-19 vaccine on behalf of two Primary Care Networks (PCN), serving a population of 158,724 patients.
These are the Modality PCN and Nexus PCN.
Vaccination clinics will be held in agreed locations and people will be invited to attend by letter, once supplies of vaccine become available.

How many vaccines are you expecting to do on day one? Is there an hourly/weekly/monthly target?

The most important thing here is that the NHS aims to vaccinate as many people as safely and quickly as possible – this is something new and we do not have targets at the moment. 

What if I can't get to my vaccination site?

The NHS has been working together with local partners to ensure that people are not disadvantaged because of where they live, whether they own a car or if they are able to get about. This is why the NHS has developed three different models of delivery.

Vaccines are being offered in hospital hubs, local sites and large sites.

How is the vaccine being stored

The Pfizer vaccines need to be stored at ultra-low temperatures. Special freezers and fridges are used for this.

The new Oxford Vaccine does not need to be stored at these low temperatures and can be kept in fridges for a longer period.

How will I know when to come for my vaccine?

You will receive a letter or a phone call. Please do not ring the practice or hospital.

When it is the right time people will receive an invitation to come forward. For most people this will be in the form of a letter either from their GP or the national booking system; this will include all the information they need, including their NHS number. 
We know lots of people will be eager to get protected but we are asking people not to contact the NHS to get an appointment until they get their letter.

How will my GP Practice know when to invite me?

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has set the criteria for who should get the vaccine and in what order they should receive it.

We will contact you to come for your vaccine based on this, using patient records. A national invite and recall system, drawn from GP patient records, may also be used. 

We will invite you once we know when the vaccine will be arriving at our vaccination site.

Are there any known or anticipated side effects?

Like all medicines, vaccines can cause side effects. Most of these are mild and short-term, and not everyone gets them. Even if you do have symptoms after the first dose, you still need to have the second dose. You may not be protected until at least seven days after your second dose of the vaccine.
Very common side effects include:
•     Having a painful, heavy feeling and tenderness in the arm where you had your injection. This tends to be worst around 1-2 days after the vaccine
•     Feeling tired
•     Headache
•     General aches, or mild flu like symptoms
As with all vaccines, appropriate treatment and care will be available in case of a rare anaphylactic event following administration.

Will the COVID-19 vaccine protect me from flu?

No, the COVID-19 vaccine will not protect you against the flu. If you have been offered a flu vaccine, please try to have this as soon as possible to help protect you, your family and patients from flu this winter.

Once I have received the vaccine, what should I do?

More information about your Covid-19 vaccination can be found in this helpful NHS leaflet.


Your guide



Who will vaccinate me?

There are a number of roles within the vaccination programme and these will require different levels of qualifications and experience.

Healthcare professionals and clinicians, as well as other staff who have been specially trained, will be supporting the vaccination programme. These will be some existing staff, some from other practices and some new staff recruited specifically for the programme.


Will the staff be trained?

Public Health England has compiled comprehensive training which will include anaphylaxis and Basic Life Support training, injection administration, training on vaccines in general and the specific ones that will be used, and all the mandatory training NHS have to do. Importantly vaccinators will be supervised and assessed by senior clinicians to ensure both their safety and of course the safety of the people they are vaccinating – just like any other vaccinator.  

Will the vaccine programme affect other services at the practice?

We have tried to plan so that we can support the vaccine programme without affecting other vital general practice services.

However, there may be some impact on the availability of appointments for a short period of time.

Who will get the vaccine?

Will NHS staff get the vaccine soon?

Over the following days and weeks as we get more supplies this will continue to be rolled out

Health and social care workers are in one of the top priority groups, determined by the JCVI.

If you are NHS staff you are in one of the top priority groups and we would ask that you do not ring your GP practice. Staff groups will be vaccinated at the regional hub sites. The aim is to carry out these vaccinations very soon. 
You will be notified on a regional basis with details of how to book. 
For more information on the JCVI priorities visit here


Will non-NHS health/social care workers get the vaccine soon?

Over the following days and weeks as we get more supplies this will continue to be rolled out

Health and social care workers are in one of the top priority groups, determined by the JCVI.
If you are non-NHS and are in the priority groups, we would ask that you do not ring your GP practice. Staff groups will be vaccinated at the regional hub sites. They will be notified on a regional basis with details of how to book. 
We would urge people not to contact their surgery about the vaccine. Most of the answers to your questions can be found here 

For more information on the JCVI priorities visit here

Is it mandatory and what happens if staff don't want the jab?

There are no plans for a COVID-19 vaccine to be compulsory. Just as they do with the winter flu vaccine, local NHS employers will be working hard to ensure staff are able to get vaccinated, and that any concerns that staff have are answered. We are confident that most staff – as they do every year for the flu vaccine – will protect themselves and their patients by getting the vaccine. 

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