Latest news about the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

Updated: Jan 19

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine

The Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine has been approved in the UK to reduce chances of catching the disease.


It is currently being offered by the NHS to people most at risk including:

  • those aged 80 and over with a hospital appointment in the next few weeks

  • those who live or work in care homes

  • health care workers at high risk


2 doses of the vaccine will be given within 21 days of each dose and protection can only be effective when both doses have been administered.

You will be contacted by the NHS when they are ready to provide it to you.


Vaccine Suitability

The vaccine is not suitable for those pregnant or breastfeeding, or children. You need to be flu free before your injections and there must be a 7 day gap between the flu vaccine and the COVID-19 vaccine.


How safe is the COVID-19 vaccine?

This vaccine has been approved by the independent Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) which follows international standards of safety.


It has been tested on healthy people in clinical trials of 43,000 people, of different nationalities and ages.


The vaccine has not been studied for long term side effects. It is not yet known how long vaccine-induced protection will last and whether the vaccine is needed annually.

Other vaccines are being developed and will be available on the NHS once tested for safety.


How effective is the COVID-19 vaccine?

After two vaccine injections, most people will be protected against coronavirus.

You may still get it, but this should be less severe.


We do not yet know whether it will stop you from catching and passing on the virus. So continue to follow guidance including social distancing, wear a mask and wash your hands.


COVID-19 vaccine side effects

Most side effects are mild and include a sore arm at injection site, fatigue, a headache and feeling achy. You can take painkillers, such as paracetamol, if needed. If you have a high temperature you may have coronavirus or another infection. If symptoms worsen, call 111.


Allergic reactions Tell staff before you are vaccinated if you have ever had a serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). You should not have the vaccine if you've had a serious allergic reaction to medicines, vaccines or food. Staff giving the vaccine are trained to deal with allergic reactions and treat them immediately.


We'd be interested in your thoughts or comments about the vaccine. Please share them with us.


Please contact Ms Wai Ha Lam on 07761 705553 if you have any concerns, or need further support.


新冠病毒疫苗Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine

辉瑞新冠病毒疫苗 (Pfizer/BioNTech) 已获英国政府通过可用作预防新冠病毒感染。

现时,医疗服务为以下高危人士注射疫苗:

● 八十岁或以上人士;

● 在老人院居住及工作的人士;

● 医护人员;

每人需接受两次疫苗注射。 两次注射之间相隔二十一天。 要完成两次注射后保障才会有效。

如你符合以上条件,医疗服务人员会主动联络你安排注射日期。


辉瑞疫苗适用性

这疫苗不适用于怀孕或正在哺乳的妇女,也不适用于孩童。 患流感者不能接受注射。 若你已

接受了流感疫苗注射,便要等待七天后才可接受新冠病毒疫苗注射。

辉瑞疫苗的安全性

这疫苗被独立的「医药和保健产品监管局」Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory

Agency (MHRA) 根据国际安全标准严密审核及通过。

在通过前,该疫苗为43,000个不同种族及年龄的人士进行了临床测试。

由于疫苗历史颇新,所以暂不知它有否较长期的副作用。 现时也不知疫苗的保障期有多长及

是否需要每年注射。 除了这疫苗之外,还有其他疫苗在发展中,一旦通过安全测试便会被推

出。


辉瑞疫苗有效性

大多数接受了两次注射后的人士会获得有效保障。 但你仍然有机会受感染,不过风险及严重

性都会降低。

现时不知道已接受了疫苗注射的人士还会否是病毒携带及传播者。 所以请继续遵从安全规则

:保持距离,穿戴口罩及勤洗手。


辉瑞疫苗副作用

一般的副作用都是轻微的,如手臂酸痛,疲倦,头痛及周身酸痛。 一般只需服食止痛药便可

。 若你发高烧便可能是感染了新冠或其他病毒,若征状持续或变差,请致电111.


过敏反应

若你过去曾对药物、疫苗或食物出现严重的过敏征状,如anaphylaxis,便请在注射前告知医

护人员,他们有经验可判断你是否适合接受注射。


如阁下对以上资料有任何疑问或忧虑,请致电:07761 705553与林慧霞女士提出,她或可为

你解答。




新冠病毒疫苗Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine

輝瑞新冠病毒疫苗 (Pfizer/BioNTech) 已獲英國政府通過可用作預防新冠病毒感染。

現時,醫療服務為以下高危人士注射疫苗:

● 八十歲或以上人士;

● 在老人院居住及工作的人士;

● 醫護人員;


每人需接受兩次疫苗注射。兩次注射之間相隔二十一天。要完成兩次注射後保障才會有效。如

你符合以上條件,醫療服務人員會主動聯絡你安排注射日期。


輝瑞疫苗適用性

這疫苗不適用於懷孕或正在哺乳的婦女,也不適用於孩童。患流感者不能接受注射。若你已接

受了流感疫苗注射,便要等待七天後才可接受新冠病毒疫苗注射。


輝瑞疫苗的安全性

這疫苗被獨立的「醫藥和保健產品監管局」Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory

Agency (MHRA) 根據國際安全標準嚴密審核及通過。

在通過前,該疫苗為43,000個不同種族及年齡的人士進行了臨床測試。

由於疫苗歷史頗新,所以暫不知它有否較長期的副作用。現時也不知疫苗的保障期有多長及是

否需要每年注射。除了這疫苗之外,還有其他疫苗在發展中,一旦通過安全測試便會被推出。

輝瑞疫苗有效性

大多數接受了兩次注射後的人士會獲得有效保障。但你仍然有機會受感染,不過風險及嚴重性

都會降低。

現時不知道已接受了疫苗注射的人士還會否是病毒攜帶及傳播者。所以請繼續遵從安全規則:

保持距離,穿戴口罩及勤洗手。


輝瑞疫苗副作用

一般的副作用都是輕微的,如手臂酸痛,疲倦,頭痛及週身酸痛。一般只需服食止痛藥便可。

若你發高燒便可能是感染了新冠或其他病毒,若徵狀持續或變差,請致電111.


過敏反應

若你過去曾對藥物、疫苗或食物出現嚴重的過敏徵狀,如anaphylaxis,便請在注射前告知醫

護人員,他們有經驗可判斷你是否適合接受注射。


如閣下對以上資料有任何疑問或憂慮,請致電:07761 705553與林慧霞女士提出,她或可為

你解答。

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