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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Coronavirus is still a danger

To help prevent the spread and stay safe you can:
• keep a distance from others
• wear face coverings where required
• wash hands often
• get your vaccine/booster when you’re eligible
• regularly test and self-isolate if required

Further guidance on how to stay safe and prevent the spread

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus.

For the latest information on how to get your vaccine or to find dates for a pop-up vaccination clinic near you, visit the Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group

Who can get the COVID-19 vaccine

The NHS is currently offering two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to people aged 18 and over (or turning 18 within 3 months).

Most children and young people aged 12 to 17 are being offered a first dose.

In Leicestershire the vaccine is being offered in some hospitals, doctor’s surgeries, vaccination centres and pharmacies either as appointments or drop-in clinics.

The Get Vaxxed website contains venue details and availability, and guidance on how to book a vaccination.

    Mandatory Vaccinations for Care Home Staff

    From 11 November, it will become mandatory for all staff working in CQC-registered care homes to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they are medically exempt. A worker will have to temporarily self-certify that they are medically exempt.

    The new government legislation applies to all workers employed directly by the care home or care home provider (on a full-time or part-time basis), those employed by an agency and deployed by the care home, and volunteers deployed in the care home.

    Those coming into care homes to do other work, for example healthcare workers, tradespeople, hairdressers, and beauticians, and CQC inspectors will also have to follow the new regulations, unless they have a medical exemption.

    Booking

    You will be invited to book your second dose eight weeks after your first vaccination.

    182 days after your second vaccination, you will become eligible for a booster vaccination and will be invited to book your booster vaccination.

    You can get your vaccination and booster dose:

    • At hospital hubs
    • At community pharmacies through the National Booking Service
    • by accessing a walk-in service
    • by invitation from your local primary care service

    12 – 15 year-olds

    One dose of COVID-19 vaccination is being offered to children aged 12 – 15. This includes children who turn 12 on the date of the vaccination.

    Some children are being offered two doses of a vaccine if either:

    • they live with someone who is more likely to get infections
    • they have a condition that means they're at high risk from COVID-19

    Most 12 – 15-year olds will be offered their vaccine at school, during school hours.

    This will be subject to parental consent, and parents or guardians will receive a letter or email containing information about the vaccine and when it will be offered.

    Third dose

    If you are severely immunosuppressed, you may be offered a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and will be contacted by your GP or hospital. Read the full guidance on third dose and eligibility.

    Boosters

    Booster vaccinations are being offered to some people in the UK who received their second COVID-19 vaccination more than six months ago.

    Eligible groups include:

    • people aged 50 and over
    • people who live and work in care homes
    • frontline health and social care workers
    • people aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19
    • people aged 16 and over who are a main carer for someone at high risk from COVID-19
    • people aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections

    The booster vaccination is suitable for people who are pregnant and will be offered to pregnant people who are also in one of the eligible groups.

    If you are eligible for a booster vaccination, the NHS will contact you with details on how to book an appointment.

    Frontline health or social care workers do not have to wait to be contacted and can book a booster dose appointment online.

    COVID-19 vaccine side effects

    Like all medicines, vaccines can cause side effects. 

    Most side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine are mild and shouldn't last longer than a week, such as:

    • a sore arm where the needle went in
    • feeling tired
    • a headache
    • feeling achy
    • feeling or being sick

    For more information on side effects after the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit the NHS website

    Coronavirus Yellow Card reporting site

    You can report suspected side effects to the COVID-19 vaccines to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency through the Yellow Card reporting site

    The Yellow Card Scheme is available to report suspected side effects from all medicines including vaccines, prescribed or over the counter drugs, herbal medicines and homeopathic remedies, all medical devices available on the UK market and reports of safety concerns associated with e-cigarette products.

    Further information 

    Information about the vaccine, including its safety and effectiveness and how it provides the best available protection from COVID-19:

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