Vaccines ‘don’t work equally against covid variants’ says expert
The UK is forging ahead with vaccinations against coronavirus, with more than 10 million people vaccinated so far. Government data up to February 1 showed of the 10,143,511 jabs given in the UK so far, 9,646,715 were first doses.
Now Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said he is “optimistic” about the prospect of people being able to enjoy a holiday in the summer.
He said on ITV’s Good Morning Britain: “I’m optimistic that we will have a great British summer.”
“The challenge we all still have is we have to keep control of the virus, so we have got to monitor progress.
“But the vaccine rollout is going well, the vaccines clearly work and so this is really, really good progress.”
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There are two vaccines currently being given out across the UK, the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, and the Pfizer/BioNTech jab.
Now a study has shown a single dose of the Oxford vaccine may reduce transmission of coronavirus by two thirds.
Researchers said that the first dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab offers protection of 76 percent up to three months and may reduce transmission by 67 percent – with efficacy rising to 82.4 percent after the second dose 12 weeks later.
This backs up the Government’s strategy to delay second doses for up to 12 weeks.
So what are the after-effects of the Covid vaccine?
As with any vaccine, there can be some mild side effects.
These can be pain from the site of infection or feeling run down and flu-like as your body accepts the vaccine.
However, symptoms should be mild and not last longer than a few days.
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The Government says side effects from the vaccine include:
- having a painful, heavy feeling and tenderness in the arm where you had your injection. This tends to be worst around one to two days after the vaccine
- feeling tired
- general aches, or mild flu like symptoms
If you have any of these symptoms the NHS says you can take painkillers.
Most people tend to experience mild side effects and are usually back to normal within a few days of the jab.
The NHS says symptoms following vaccination normally last less than a week.
However if your symptoms seem to get worse or if you are concerned, call NHS 111.
Will the vaccine give me Covid symptoms?
The answer to this is a resounding no. There may be minor side effects similar to those of the flu jab but the vaccine will not give the recipient coronavirus or coronavirus symptoms.
Trudie Lang, professor of Global Health Research at the University of Oxford said: “Mild reactions have been reported in some people, which could be things like a fever, or feeling slightly unwell.
“But that doesn’t mean you’ve got Covid. And that’s the same as a normal flu vaccine. The vaccine’s not live.”
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