Can you get the Covid vaccine if you have a cold? Tips for receiving jab when you feel bad explained Yorkshire News

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The government has published advice detailing what people should do if they feel bad before receiving their jab (Shutterstock)

A common query is whether you can receive the jab if you are no longer feeling well.

So can you get the coronavirus vaccine if you have a cold or other illness?

Here is everything you need to know.

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Can I get the Covid vaccine if I feel unwell?

The UK government has published a guide for people receiving the Covid vaccine.

There is a section dedicated to frequently asked questions that includes what people should do if they feel bad before receiving the jab.

According to the guide, if you are sick when you have your appointment, you should wait until you have recovered to get vaccinated.

Also, if you are self-isolating or waiting for your coronavirus test result, you should not keep your appointment either.

The guide says: “If you are unwell, it is best to wait until you have recovered to get the vaccine, but you should try to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

“You should not attend a vaccination appointment if you isolate yourself, wait for a COVID-19 test, or are not sure you are fit.”

Meanwhile, the advice in Scotland is similar but depends on the severity of your illness.

The NHS Inform guide states: “If you are not feeling well on the day of your appointment, you should get vaccinated if it is a minor illness without fever.

“If you feel very bad, your vaccination may be postponed until you have made a full recovery.

“Do not attend your vaccination appointment if you are not feeling well with the symptoms of the coronavirus. Isolate yourself and book a trial instead. “

If you have further questions about your next appointment if you are not feeling well, please contact your GP, who will be able to help you.

Should You Get The Vaccine If You Have Had Covid?

If you’ve tested positive for coronavirus before, you may have developed some immunity to the virus.

Most likely you have antibodies, proteins that circulate in the blood and recognize foreign substances such as viruses, T cells, and B cells.

People who have recovered from the virus have been found to have all of these components.

While scientists still don’t know for sure how long immunity to the coronavirus lasts, recent studies have provided some answers.

One run by Public Health England showed that most people who have had the virus are protected from contracting it again for at least five months.

However, this natural immunity likely won’t last as long as the immunity a vaccine provides, and you can still re-infect and pass the virus to other people, even if you don’t have symptoms.

For these reasons, you should continue jabbing even if you have been infected with Covid before.

The NHS Inform guide says: “Even if you have already had coronavirus, you could get it again.

“The vaccine will reduce your risk of another infection and the severity of your symptoms if you get it again.

“If you recently tested positive for coronavirus, even if you have no symptoms, you must wait until 4 weeks after the date you were tested before receiving the vaccine.

“The vaccine is your best protection against the coronavirus.”

Can you get Covid after getting the vaccine?

Each Covid vaccine has been shown to reduce your risk of getting the virus.

It takes your body a week or two to build up some protection from a first dose.

But like all medicines, no vaccine is completely effective.

You may still get coronavirus despite being inoculated, but the illness should be less severe.

The UK government advises that you should continue to take the recommended precautions to avoid re-infection.

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This notice was published: 2021-05-05 21:56:02