COVID-19 restrictions in Kirklees tells you more about what this means.
Muslim communities will start fasting in April to mark the month of Ramadan. While food and drink is prohibited during daylight hours, it is permissible to have the vaccine.
Guidance from the British Islamic Medical Association (BIMA) says you can be vaccinated whilst fasting because:
- having a COVID-19 vaccine will not break or invalidate the fast
- there is no nutritional value in any of the COVID vaccines
- the vaccine is injected into the muscle.
Do not visit a vaccination centre before you have booked an appointment
If you are not eligible yet, wait to be contacted. The NHS or your GP will let you know when it's your turn to have the vaccine. It's important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.
Who the vaccination is being given to
Delivering vaccinations to our population will take time, so please be patient. At the moment, it is being given to:
- people aged 45 and over
- people at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
- people who live or work in care homes
- health and social care workers
- people with a condition that puts them at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
- people with a learning disability
- people who are a main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus.
Register with a GP
You need to be registered with a GP surgery in England. You can register with a GP if you do not have one.
You will be contacted to book an appointment
This will either be by letter, phone or text.
Do not respond to anybody who claims to be able to provide you with a vaccine for a payment.
- The NHS will never ask for your bank account or card details.
- The NHS will never ask for your PIN or banking password.
- The NHS will never arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine.
- The NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips.
Once you have been contacted
Book your appointment as soon as possible. You may be offered the option to book an appointment online. If you cannot book online you may be able to book an appointment by phone.
- There is a national vaccination centre at John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield
- If you are unable to travel to the vaccination centre you are offered, please refer back to the letter for advice on alternative ways you can get vaccinated.
- Vaccinations are being carried out across a range of locations such as GP practices and health care centres.
Book your own appointment if you haven't been contacted
If you are eligible for a vaccine and haven't been contacted, you can book an appointment online.
- Or Phone Freephone 119 between 7am and 11pm seven days a week. This number has BSL (British Sign Language) and text relay facilities
Getting the vaccine
Attend your appointment when you are given one. Vaccines are still being provided during national lockdown. You are permitted to leave your home to get your vaccine.
- If you have had COVID-19, you should still get vaccinated when you are invited to your appointment. See also below section on People who have had COVID-19, had the flu vaccine or are unwell.
- As people have to complete a course of two vaccinations and the programme will be delivered in a phased approach to ensure those most at risk are vaccinated first, it is not possible to choose one vaccine over another.
- The vaccination centre your appointment takes place in will keep you safe from COVID-19 through a range of measures, including cleaning and disinfecting and having social distancing in waiting areas.
- Please wear a face covering to your appointment and also take the usual steps to minimise your risk as you travel to it.
- If you are taking medication, please bring a list of these with you to the vaccination centre. Do not bring the medicines themselves.
- If you are taking a blood thinner called Warfarin you need your latest INR reading and when it was last checked. If you don't know this, you can get if from your GP. Computers at the vaccination centres do not link back to medical records so results can't be looked up on the day.
Frontline workers are at increased personal risk of exposure to infection with COVID-19 and of transmitting that infection to susceptible and vulnerable patients in health and social care settings.
- There is greater COVID-19 mortality and morbidity in men and women working in social care than in non-social care staff of the same age and sex.
- For every 20 vaccines delivered to care home staff and residents it is estimated that you will have helped to save one life.
- Although fewer than 1 in 100 people who are infected will die from COVID-19, in those over 75 years of age this rises to 1 in 10.
Getting vaccinated will help protect you and the people you care for from becoming seriously ill from COVID-19.
COVID-19 vaccination for frontline social care workers
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After you've applied
If you are eligible, we will be in touch to schedule your vaccination.
After you have been vaccinated
Continue to follow prevention and help advice to protect yourself, family and community and to play your part in helping to stop the spread.
If you are a frontline worker, continue to follow guidance on wearing PPE, handwashing using soap and water or hand sanitizer, as well as other protective measures.
If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms after your vaccination
It is possible to have caught COVID-19 and not realise you have the symptoms until after your vaccination appointment.
Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms:
- 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, dry 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.
If you get these symptoms, self-isolate immediately and arrange to have a test.
Get a second dose of the vaccine
It is important to have both doses of the vaccine to give you maximum protection.
- The first dose acts as an important immune response primer.
- The second dose is needed to boost your body's immune response to COVID-19.
- The second dose should be given up to 12 weeks after the first.
About the vaccine
The Pfizer BioNTech and Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines are now available.
The Covid-19 vaccines do not contain any animal products or egg. The vaccines are halal and kosher.
There is no material of foetal origin in the Pfzier BioNTech, Oxford AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines.
They do not contain living organisms, so are safe for people with disorders of the immune system.
They do not contain live coronavirus so you cannot catch COVID-19 from them.
Information in other languages
- Vaccine information in community languages
- BSL video guide on COVID-19 vaccination for eligible adults
- Information in other languages includes isolation and health advice, how to access help from Community Response and more.