COVID-19 Vaccine – what this means for people living with a brain tumour
On this page you will find information about what we know at the moment about the vaccination programme for COVID-19 and helpful links that go into this in more detail. We will update this information as and when more detail on the vaccine is released.
Information about the vaccine
You can find more information about each of the vaccines that are currently approved for use in the UK through the links below:
Priority groups for the vaccine
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and immunisation (JCVI) have advised on a priority list of who should receive the vaccine. These decisions have been made based on data and information about the risk of COVID-19 on certain groups.
The priority list is as follows:
- residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
- all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
- all those 75 years of age and over
- all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
- all those 65 years and over
- all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
- all those 60 years of age and over
- all those 55 years of age and over
- all those 50 years of age and over
Taken from: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/priority-groups-for-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-advice-from-the-jcvi-30-december-2020/joint-committee-on-vaccination-and-immunisation-advice-on-priority-groups-for-covid-19-vaccination-30-december-2020
How will I know if I am getting the vaccine?
In the UK, nearly 18 million people have received the 1st dose of the coronavirus vaccine. You can view more about the currently approved vaccines above.
The order in which people are being vaccinated is per the priority groups detailed above. When each group will be vaccinated is dependent on the availability of the vaccine in your local area.
You can find more information about who is currently being given the vaccine here.
How do I know if I am in a priority group?
There are 2 priority groups that are based on your medical history.
Group 4 for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable. You can find out what medical conditions are defined under this category here.
Group 6 for people with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality. You can find out what medical conditions are defined under this category here.
If you or somebody close to you is eligible to receive the vaccine as a priority, you will receive confirmation of this and be contacted to book an appointment. If you have any concerns about whether you are on the priority list, you should speak to your clinical team.
Is it safe for me to have the vaccine?
Both of the currently available vaccines have been approved as being safe for distribution across the UK following rigorous testing with no concerning side effects reported.
There are also reports that people who are immunosuppressed or immunocompromised may not respond well to the vaccine. You may come under this category if you have previously been advised to shield by the government. If you have any concerns or questions related to the safety of the vaccine for you as an individual, you should speak to your clinical team.
Can I choose which vaccine I have?
There have not been any clinical trials conducted directly comparing the two currently available vaccines. The JCVI does not advise a preference for one vaccine over the other in terms of protection against COVID-19. There are however logistical challenges regarding the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine which may mean that the Oxford University/ AstraZeneca may be offered instead as this can be deployed more rapidly.
For more detailed information on vaccines for COVID-19, visit: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus