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COVID-19 vaccines

Beware of vaccine scams and fake news​

Covid-19 vaccines will always be available free of charge. The NHS will never ask you to share bank details to confirm your identity or pay for a vaccine.

There's a lot of dangerous misinformation about Covid-19 vaccines. Please get your information from official sources. We’ve added a list of resources and further information here.

 

The government has issued a response regarding the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The UK regulator confirms that people should continue to receive the COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca, following suspensions by some countries of the COVID-19 v​accine AstraZeneca over suspected blood clots, the MHRA confirms that the benefits of the vaccine in preventing COVID-19 far outweigh the risks.

People should still go and get their COVID-19 vaccine when asked to do so.

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and offer the best protection from becoming seriously ill.

The NHS are resp​on​sible for t​​he rollout of th​e COVID-19 vaccines and will be in touch with you when it’s your turn to be vaccinated.​​​

More information about the vaccine rollout can be found on the NHS BLMK CCG website.

Luton's faith and community leaders call on people to take the​ vaccine

 

​Quick links​​

About Covid-19 vaccines

The coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccines are safe and effective. They give you the best protection against coronavirus.

The Covid-19 vaccination will reduce the chance of you suffering from the disease. It may take a few weeks for your body to build up protection from the vaccine.

Like all medicines, no vaccine is completely effective – some people may still get Covid-19 despite having a vaccination, but this should be less severe.

For more information, please see

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Who is eligible for the vaccine?

The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to those at highest risk of catching the infection and of suffering serious complications if they catch the infection - see the priority rollout graphic at the bottom of this page.

This includes:

  • older adults
  • frontline health and social care workers
  • care home residents and staff
  • those with certain clinical conditions

When more vaccine becomes available, the vaccines will be offered to other people at risk as soon as possible.

For more information, please see

Covid-19 vaccine deployment for unpaid adult carers

If you are an unpaid carer, you will be contacted soon to book in for your first vaccination appointment. The roll out of the Covid-19 vaccine for unpaid adult carers is being led by our partners in the NHS. For more information see the BLMK CCG website FAQ page.

How will I be identified?

  • If you are registered as an unpaid carer with your GP. This means you have a ‘Carers Flag’ on your GP records.
  • You are entitled to receive Carer’s Allowance. The Department for Work and Pensions will share this information with the vaccination programme.

It will be up to you to book the appointment. To book the appointment as quickly as possible, it will help to find out what your NHS number is. If you don’t know your NHS number you can find out easily through the NHS website.

If you receive Carer’s Allowance or if you are registered as a Carer with your GP Practice, you are now able to book in for your vaccine before you are contacted online through the National Booking Service or by calling 119.

If you fall within another priority vaccination group you may not be contacted as an unpaid carer as you will be or have been invited for vaccination through another route.

For more information about unpaid carers go to the carers page on the council website.

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Are the Covid-19 vaccines safe?

The vaccines have been shown to be effective and no safety concerns were seen in studies of more than 20,000 people.

Vaccines go through several stages of lab tests and clinical trials before they can be approved for use.

Regulators revi​ew the results of these trials to check whether a vaccine meets the required levels of safety and effectiveness before they can be rollout out.

See independent monitoring data confirms safety of Covid-19 vaccines.

Covid-19 vaccine deployment for frontline social care workers

Frontline care workers who have not yet received a Covid-19 vaccination can book an appointment through the NHS national booking service or by calling 119.

The roll out of the Covid-19 vaccine for frontline social care workers is being led by our partners in the NHS. For more information see the BLMK CCG website FAQ page.

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Resources and further information

Messages from NHS London - doctors, nurses and other frontline staff have come forward to help reassure communities that COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and have been independently tested to the highest standards. These video messages are in some of the most commonly spoken languages – apart from English.

Messages from NHS London - doctors, nurses and other frontline staff have come forward to help reassure communities that COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and have been independently tested to the highest standards. These video messages are in some of the most commonly spoken languages – apart from English.

General

More video FAQs

Vaccine science

Fertility

Occupational health

Others

Health and social care workers

Minority groups

Black and Black British

Muslim

Christianity

Sikhism

Other languages

BSL video

Easy-read resources

Local leaders and residents share their experience of having the vaccine:

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