Questions (and Answers) Of The Week

When Can I Get My Second Dose?

Current national guidance is that you must have a gap of 8 weeks or more between the first and second dose for everyone aged 18 or over. Two doses gives you the maximum protection and reduces the risk of hospitalisation. New evidence shows that two doses are the best defence against the Delta variant. Come along to one of our walk-in sessions once you get to 8 weeks or more to find your nearest session at: www.swlondonccg.nhs.uk

I Had Bad Side Effects After My First Dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine, Is It Okay To Skip My Second Dose?

Some people may experience side effects after their first Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. Research has found that side effects from a second dose of AstraZeneca are less common than from the first dose and are usually gone within a few days. They are usually mild and are much less serious than developing coronavirus or complications associated with coronavirus. Skipping the second dose of a Covid- 19 vaccination can reduce the efficacy and, potentially, the lifespan of your immunity. We know that having the second dose is essential to ensure the best effect of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, and to maximise protection against new variants. So it’s important to get your second dose as soon as you are offered it.

Not everyone has side effects but if you do these should not last longer than a week, and might include symptoms such as:

  • A sore arm where the needle went in
  • Feeling tired
  • A headache
  • Feeling achy
  • Feeling or being sick

You can take painkillers, such as paracetamol, if you need to. If you have a high temperature, you may have coronavirus or another infection. If your symptoms get worse or you are worried, call 111.

How Do I Get Proof Of My Coronavirus Vaccination Details for Travel and Event Trials?

You can now get proof of your coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccination details using the NHS COVID Pass service. An NHS COVID Pass shows your coronavirus vaccination details or test results. This is your Covid-19 status. If you have full access to the NHS App, and are registered at a GP surgery in England, you can view and share your COVID Pass for event trials and travel abroad.

Some countries may also ask for a negative Covid-19 test result. Always check the entry requirements for the country you’re visiting before you book your travel. If you’re planning to travel abroad or want to know more about your Covid-19 status:

If you do not have full access to the NHS App, you can still get your COVID Pass for event trials in England.

To get your COVID Pass:

  • Log in to the NHS App
  • From the homepage, select ‘Get your NHS COVID Pass’
  • Follow the instructions on the screen

For more information on the NHS COVID Pass service, please visit the NHS COVID Pass for travel and events page on the NHS website.

Can I Choose Which Vaccine I Get?

Any vaccines that the NHS provides has passed strict tests on their safety and effectiveness. However, the JCVI has advised that for adults under age 40 without underlying health conditions should receive an alternative to the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine – where available and only if this does not cause substantial delays in being vaccinated. We currently have a number of walk in clinics for both Pfizer, Oxford-AZ and two walk in clinics for Moderna as of Monday 12 July 2021. Find your local walk in on our website at www.swlondonccg.nhs.uk.

Do the Covid-19 Vaccines Affect Fertility?

There is no evidence to suggest that Covid-19 vaccines will affect fertility, and you do not need to avoid pregnancy after vaccination. The vaccine cannot give you or your baby Covid-19. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the Royal College Midwives (RCM) issued a joint statement to reassure around the misinformation shared about the impact of Covid-19 vaccines on fertility. In the statement, Dr Edward Morris, President at RCOG, said: “We want to reassure women that there is no evidence to suggest that Covid-19 vaccines will affect fertility.” RCM Chief Executive Gill Walton added: “Women who are eligible for the vaccination should consider discussing any concerns they have with their midwife or healthcare professional.” The full statement can be read at www.rcog.org.uk/RCOG-and-RCM-respond-to-misinformation-around-Covid-19-vaccine-and-fertility.