Is the Covid-19 vaccine safe?
All Covid-19 vaccines approved for use in the UK have:
- Met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness
- Gone through all the clinical trials and safety checks all other licensed medicines go through, following international standards of safety.
Why vaccination is safe and important
Here are some important facts about vaccines from the NHS:
They prevent up to three million deaths worldwide every year.
Since vaccines were introduced in the UK, diseases like smallpox, polio and tetanus are either gone or seen very rarely.
If people stop having vaccines, it's possible for infectious diseases to quickly spread again.
Busting some Covid-19 vaccine myths
False: The vaccines aren’t safe because they were developed quickly
The vaccines approved for use in the UK have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by an independent organisation called the: Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
Any Covid-19 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.
Other vaccines are being developed. They will only be available on the NHS once they have been thoroughly tested to make sure they are safe and effective.
So far, thousands of people have been given a Covid-19 vaccine and reports of serious side effects, such as allergic reactions, have been very rare.
False: The vaccines can lead to long-term effects
No long-term complications have been reported and there is no evidence to suggest the vaccine causes any long-term effects.
False: The vaccines can negatively affect male fertility
There is no reason, or research to support the myth that the Covid-19 vaccine will affect male fertility.