COVID-19 vaccine - Everything you need to know

Here's everything you need to know about the COVID -19 vaccine roll out in Nottingham.

What is Corona Virus?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an infectious disease. The main symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

Most people with COVID-19 have at least one of these symptoms. 

Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 should book a test as soon as possible by calling 119 or via the online government portal. Tests must be booked in advance. You can read more about where to get a test across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire on the CCG website.

For the latest guidance on keeping yourself and others safe, please visit the Government website.

For the latest guidance on restrictions in your local area, please visit the Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council websites.

The COVID-19 Vaccine

The COVID-19 vaccine that is currently available is the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine which has been given regulatory approval by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Two doses of the vaccine will be administered to ensure the best protection. There will be a wait of at least 21 days between your first and second vaccination. 

More information on the COVID-19 vaccine, guidance on who should not receive the vaccine and potential side effects can be accessed on this NHS website. This website also includes strong guidance for those with severe allergies and those who are
 of childbearing age, pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding. 

This will be the largest vaccination programme in the history of the NHS and you can really help us to deliver it to those that need it most by doing the following:

  • Please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine – we will contact you when it’s the right time.
  • When we do contact you, please act immediately and make sure you attend your appointments.
  • Please continue to follow all the guidelines – hand hygiene and social distancing in particular – to control the virus and save lives.

To keep up-to-date with information regarding the vaccine in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire visit our NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCG website. 

Who should not receive the vaccine?

The vaccination that is currently available (Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine) is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. You should also avoid getting pregnant for at least two months after having the second dose of vaccine. If you are planning to get pregnant in the next three months, you should delay receiving your vaccine. A guide with important information regarding the vaccine has been produced for those who are of child-bearing age, pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding. It is essential that this is read before attending for a COVID-19 vaccine.

Evidence so far reviewed by the MHRA raises no concerns for safety in pregnancy but because of the new formulation of this particular vaccine the MHRA wants to see more non-clinical data before finalising the advice in pregnancy. This is standard practice when waiting for data on new medicines. This will be kept under review as more evidence becomes available.

As is common with new vaccines the MHRA have advised on a precautionary basis that people with a significant history of allergic reactions do not receive this vaccination

You should inform staff, before you are vaccinated, if you have ever had a serious allergic reaction in the past.

People who have previously had severe allergies to food, medicines and vaccinations should not receive the vaccine. Find more information on this here: Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine - NHS (

People who are suffering from a fever-type illness should also postpone having the vaccine until they have recovered.

This guidance may be different in future with the development of other vaccines. 

Who receives the vaccine first?

Vaccinations started in the county on 8th December in Nottingham University Hospitals and Sherwood Forest Hospitals who are vaccinating those aged 80 and over, as well as care home workers, hospital staff and wider NHS and social care colleagues. These groups have been identified as priority for the life-saving vaccine. Patients aged 80 and above who are already attending our two Nottingham and Nottinghamshire hospital hubs for appointments have been among the first to receive a vaccination. 

The NHS will contact people in the priority groups when it is their turn to receive the vaccine.

The vaccine roll-out is initially being co-ordinated by Hospital Hubs who are calling forward patients who meet the criteria based on the guidance from the Joint Committee for Vaccinations and Immunisations.

We understand a lot of people want to be vaccinated and we would like to reassure you this will happen. Please be patient and wait to be contacted.

For further information on why you are being asked to wait for your COVID-19 vaccine, please read the information on the GOV.UK website.

guide for adults has been produced to provide more information about the vaccine.

Where can you receive the vaccine?

n Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, a few different health and care organisations including hospitals, GP practices, care homes and others are working together on the COVID-19 vaccination programme. This means when it is your turn to be vaccinated, this may not be at your GP practice. You will be told where to go for your appointment and how to book.

At present the vaccine can only be offered at our two hospital hubs located at Nottingham University Hospitals and Sherwood Forest Hospitals by appointment only. 

It is expected that vaccination centres and local vaccination services within the community will launch in the coming weeks once the sites have been approved, met the MRHA clinical guidelines and received the vaccination stock, and equipment necessary to deliver a vaccination programme

Any new information on locations will be shared on our NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCG website. 

What happens on the day?

When you arrive at the site to be vaccinated, you will need to ensure that you are wearing a face mask. Social distancing will also be in place.

The vaccine will be given as an injection into your upper arm by a trained medical professional. 

You will be given a record card with the date of your second vaccination appointment which you will need to keep safe.

According to Government guidelines, you should not attend a vaccine appointment if:

• you are self-isolating.
• waiting for a COVID-19 test.
• unsure if you are fit and well.

What happens after receiving your vaccination?

Information has been produced to inform you of what you can expect following your vaccination including the next steps after your first vaccine, potential side effects and information on the protection received from the vaccination. You can access this information on the Government Website.  

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

A document with Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) has been produced. 



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