COVID Vaccine Concerns
Updated: 20 July 2021
COVID Self Care
Self-care guidance is available on the NHS website for people who have mild COVID-19. This extensive guidance is helpful for those who have coronavirus and are in need of self-care advice.
Most people with coronavirus (COVID-19) feel better within a few weeks. You may be able to look after yourself at home while you recover.
While you're ill, ask a friend, family member or neighbour to check up on you. Arrange a regular call or talk through a doorway (not face to face) so they can check how you're doing.
Do not go to a pharmacy
If you or someone you live with has COVID-19 symptoms, you must all stay at home. Try calling or contacting the pharmacy online instead.
Update: Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine
The MHRA is carrying out a detailed review of reports of a very rare blood clotting problem affecting a small number of people who have had the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.
The problem can also happen in people who have not been vaccinated and it's not yet clear why it affects some people.
The COVID-19 vaccine can help stop you getting seriously ill or dying from coronavirus.
If you have already had your vaccination, there is no change to your planned second dose unless you had had significant side effects with the first dose.
Call 111 immediately if you get any of these symptoms starting from around 4 days to 4 weeks after being vaccinated:
• a severe headache that is not relieved with painkillers or is getting worse
• a headache that feels worse when you lie down or bend over
• a headache that's unusual for you and occurs with blurred vision, feeling or being sick, problems speaking, weakness, drowsiness or seizures (fits)
• a rash that looks like small bruises or bleeding under the skin
• shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling or persistent abdominal (tummy) pain
If you are due your second dose vaccination, you will be contacted by the NHS vaccination team as you approach the 12 mark since your first vaccination to arrange your appointment. Please do not contact the surgery.
For people under 30 without other health conditions, it's currently advised that it's preferable to have another COVID-19 vaccine instead of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine. If you choose to have another COVID-19 vaccine you may have to wait to be protected, but an alternative to AZ will be made available to you by the NHS. You may wish to go ahead with the AZ vaccination after you have considered all the risks and benefits for you. The NHS will contact you when it is your turn to receive your vaccination.