Before You

Attend

Before you attend:

  • We advise only booking an appointment slot if you have made your decision to have the vaccination
  • Written details on possible side effects are below
  • There are now two vaccines available Pfizer/BioNtech or Oxford/AstraZeneca
  • You should be advised in the booking process which you are attending for but there is a possibility (especially at the end of a clinic) that you may be offered the other vaccine
  • You will need to attend a second appointment which will be around 9-11 weeks later - we will contact you closer to the time to arrange this
  • You should have the same type of vaccination at the second dose
  • The British Society for Immunology have published "A guide to vaccinations for COVID-19" which you can read here.

Pfizer/BioNtech

Any person with a history of anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction) to this vaccine or an ingredient of the vaccine should not be vaccinated with this medicine.


The ingredients of this Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine can be found here (in section 6).

Possible side effects: (Pfizer vaccination)

Very Common (Over 1 in 10)

Common (up to 1 in 10)

Uncommon (up to 1 in 100)

Pain at the injection site

Tiredness

Headache

Muscle pain

Chills/fever

Joint pain

Injection site swelling

Redness at injection site

Nausea

Enlarged lymph nodes

Feeling unwell

Oxford/AstraZeneca

Any person with a history of anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction) to this vaccine or an ingredient of the vaccine should not be vaccinated with this medicine.


The ingredients of this Oxford/Astrazeneca vaccine can be found here (in section 6).

Possible side effects: (Oxford vaccination)

Very Common (Over 1 in 10)

Common (up to 1 in 10)

Uncommon (up to 1 in 100)

Tenderness, pain, warmth, redness, itching, swelling or bruising where the injection is given

Generally feeling unwell

Feeling tired (fatigue)

Chills or feeling feverish

Headache

Feeling sick (nausea)

Joint pain or Muscle ache

A lump at the injection site

Fever

Being sick (vomiting)

Flu-like symptoms, such as high temperature, sore throat, runny nose, cough and chills

Feeling dizzy

Decreased appetite

Abdominal pain

Enlarged lymph nodes

Excessive sweating, itchy skin or rash

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