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Still not sure about COVID-19 Vax – time to get your Vax straight with #VaxFacts

We know there is a lot of information about the COVID-19 vaccination. We want to make sure you make the best decision for you and your family.

A lot of information that has been shared on the internet or on social media cannot be backed by clinical experts from organisations that include NHS, WHO or directly from the government.

Over the next few weeks, we wanted to help dispel any myths about the vaccination but setting the facts straight, to help you make the right decision.

Howard Martin, Director of Population Health Management and Health Inequalities at NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said:

“We know that there is a lot of information about COVID-19 and the vaccination, some true and some which is false.

“Our job is to ensure you have all the information you need to make an informed decision for you and your family.

“Some people are reading and listening to information that we know is completely untrue. We know that unfortunately the false information gets heard more and we are here to give you the true facts.

“If there is one fact that you must listen to, is that having the vaccination is the best form of protection.

“There is still time to get to your COVID-19 vaccination either by booking an appointment or just simply turning up to one of our sites. Children from the age of five can their vaccination so for more information visit the national site: Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination - NHS (www.nhs.uk) or https://apps.norfolk.gov.uk/WalkIn/

COVID-19 is now no longer circulating in the air and we can continue as normal?

False: COVID-19 has not gone away and cases are still being recorded. There are simple things you can do in your daily life that will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory infections and protect those at highest risk. Things you can choose to do are:

Get vaccinated.

Let fresh air in if meeting others indoors.

Practise good hygiene:

Wear a face covering or a face mask.

You are not allowed to practice your religion and have your vaccination?

False: you can still have practice your religion and have your vaccination. Many places of worship venues have advised people to have their COVID-19 vaccination

I don’t need to wear a face covering anymore.

Wearing a face covering or face mask can reduce the number of particles containing viruses that are released from the mouth and nose of someone who is infected with COVID-19 and other respiratory infections. Face coverings can also protect the person wearing the face covering from becoming infected by some viruses.

Antibiotics can prevent me from getting COVID-19 so I don’t need a vaccine

Antibiotics work only against bacteria, not viruses. COVID-19 is caused by a virus, and therefore antibiotics should not be used for prevention or treatment. Some people who become ill with COVID-19 can also develop a bacterial infection as a complication. In this case, antibiotics may be recommended by a health care provider.

I have had my vaccine so I will never get COVID-19.

False: Covid-19 vaccines are not designed to stop the virus getting into your nose – their primary action is to prevent severe illness. People who have been fully vaccinated may get mild to moderate Covid-19 infections, with a sore throat or symptoms of a cold. This means the infection has been contained in the nose and throat but has not spread elsewhere. More importantly your vaccine helps to protect others - if you have been vaccinated and you catch Covid-19, you are less likely to spread it to your friends, family and patients

Having the COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy will harm me and my baby?

COVID-19 vaccines are strongly recommended in pregnancy. All pregnant women and girls in the UK have now been offered a COVID-19 vaccine.

On 16 December 2021, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) announced that pregnant women are now considered a ‘vulnerable’ group within the COVID-19 vaccination programme, emphasising the urgency of them receiving COVID-19 vaccination and booster doses.

Vaccination is the best way to protect against the known risks of COVID-19 in pregnancy for both women and babies, including admission to intensive care and premature birth.

The decision whether to have the vaccination in pregnancy is your choice. Make sure you understand as much as you can about COVID-19 and about the vaccine, and you may want to discuss your options with a trusted source such as your doctor or midwife.

I shouldn’t breastfeed if I have had COVID-19 vaccine

False - COVID-19 vaccines are strongly recommended to breastfeeding women. There is no plausible mechanism by which any vaccine ingredient could pass to your baby through breast milk. You should therefore not stop breastfeeding in order to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

For more information about coronavirus and vaccinations visit these verified and trustworthy sources:

The NHS website - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

WHO | World Health Organization

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