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An updated guide on what to expect from the Covid-19 vaccination in December 2021

The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective. Booster vaccinations should now be offered to all adults, including those living with severe mental illness. You can now have a booster vaccination three months after your second dose.

We want to ensure that no one is left behind. You are able to book your booster online here:

It can be helpful if you have your NHS number to hand but you don’t need it to book. If you are currently a hospital inpatient, you should be offered your vaccination there.

What to expect
The Coronavirus vaccine is free of charge to you.

The NHS will not charge you for a vaccination and will not ask you for your bank details.

Currently all adults will be offered three doses of the vaccine

Your carer can attend your appointment with you if needed and may be able to get the vaccine at the same time.

All vaccination centres are COVID-19 safe and cleaned regularly. People will be socially distanced and you will need to wear a mask, unless you are exempt.

The appointment should take around 30-45 minutes in total. Once you arrive at the centre there may be queues. If you need to wait in a quiet space or require any additional support, please let a member of staff know.

Reasonable adjustments
If you need any reasonable adjustments to make it possible for you to have your vaccination, please ask for them when you are contacted to make your appointment. Examples where this might be necessary include:

  • A longer appointment time or one later in the day;
  • Somewhere quiet to sit while you wait for your appointment;
  • Asking if a carer/friend/your peer support worker could accompany you to your appointment;
  • If you are housebound and not able to travel to a place that is providing vaccinations;
  • If you need a sign-language service.

After the vaccination
Some people may have mild discomfort after getting the vaccine. This might include soreness in the arm, tiredness or aches. These don’t usually last for very long.
The first vaccine dose takes about two to three weeks to take effect. People who have received the vaccine need to continue to practise social distancing and comply with all the current regulations.

Additional information
None of the approved vaccines contains any animal product or egg. This means they are safe for people who are vegetarian or vegan, including people who do not have animal products on religious grounds.

The NHS has produced guides in a range of languages; you can find them here.

To find out more about the vaccination please visit the NHS website by clicking here.

Rethink Mental Illness has a Covid-19 vaccination page which can be viewed here