Are some people more prone to side effects than others?
According to data analysed by the COVID Symptom Study app, which has been monitoring the ongoing vaccination rollout, people have recorded more symptoms after the second dose of the vaccine compared with the first.
And people who had previously had COVID-19 were also more likely to have after effects following a single jab, compared with those who had never had the disease.
“This is expected,” said Dr Anna Goodman, Infectious Diseases Consultant at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in London.
“When your immune system has seen the virus before you tend to have a bit more of a response when you then see the antigen again, which can cause more side effects.”
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When will I receive the vaccine?
People aged 56 to 59 are the latest cohort to be called up to receive the COVID-19 vaccine this week.
In England, the vaccine is being offered in some hospitals and pharmacies, at local centres run by GPs and at larger vaccination centres. More centres are opening all the time.
According to the NHS, you can book your vaccination appointments online if any of the following apply:
- You are aged 55 or over
- You are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
- You are an eligible frontline health or social care worker
- You have a condition that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
- You have a learning disability
- You are a main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus.
You can book appointments at a larger vaccination centre or a pharmacy that provides COVID-19 vaccinations.
The vaccines approved for use in the UK have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
Any coronavirus vaccine that is approved must go through all the clinical trials and safety checks all other licensed medicines go through. The MHRA follows international standards of safety.