From Monday 19 July, life will start to go back to normal. If you’re vaccinated you have good protection, but if you’re not, you’ll be more at risk from Covid-19, especially as we all start to go out and about more. Also, if you haven’t had your both of your jabs you may not be able to attend certain events or venues.
Maybe you’re thinking about having the vaccine, but you’re worried about possible side effects? Like all medicines, some people might have mild side effects after the Covid-19 vaccine, but for most people these don’t last very long.
Long term side effects from vaccines are very rare. What we do know is that the long-term side effects of Covid-19 if you don’t have the vaccine can be deadly, even for young and healthy people. If you don’t have the vaccine and you catch Covid-19, you may also be at risk of Long COVID which can cause extreme tiredness, breathlessness and more; and can stop you from doing normal everyday things like walking, as well as sports and going to the gym, or working, potentially for months or even longer.
Even if you’ve had the vaccine, you can still pass COVID on to others. That is why it is important to continue to test regularly to stop the spread.