The COVID-19 vaccine roll-out has reached young adults, with those aged 25 years old and over now invited to book their vaccination appointments.
You can’t choose which COVID-19 vaccine you get, but you will be allocated one based partly on your age. Those under 40 years old or pregnant, will get the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, but if you’ve already had one Oxford-AstraZeneca jab with no after-effects, you should have a second dose.
You might experience some side effects after your jab because your body’s defences are reacting to the vaccine. You could have a sore arm, feel tired or sick or have a fever or headache. These symptoms are usually mild and disappear after a few days.
Younger people may think that they’re less likely to be seriously ill if they catch coronavirus because of their age and general good health, compared say to older and more vulnerable people. And that may be true. But don’t let that persuade you not to have the vaccine. You might still catch coronavirus, and studies are now suggesting that those who have been vaccinated are less likely to transmit the virus to other people.
Please take up the vaccine when it’s offered to you, if not just to protect you, but to also help protect others. For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine, visit the NHS website.