Sixpenny Handley and Chalke Valley practice Covid-19 vaccine invitations

You may wish to visit our COVID-19 Vaccine Information page for further information regarding the vaccine.

‘we are continuing to roll out our Covid-19 vaccination programme with the vaccines. Invitations will soon be starting to go out to people aged 80 and over followed by health and Social Care workers.

Other NHS providers are inviting some people for vaccination. Nobody would ever be asked to pay for a vaccine or to give details of their bank account.

Please wait for us to contact you about how and when you can book your vaccine. We must keep our main surgery telephone lines available for usual surgery business and there is still a limited supply of vaccine.

Please check the location of the Michael Herbert Hall on the map on our website.Alt=""

There are no toilet facilities at the Hall. A short sleeve blouse or shirt under your coat will make the clinic run smoothly.

How is the vaccine given?

The COVID-19 vaccine is given as an injection into your upper arm. It is given as 2 doses, at least 21 days apart.

How safe is the COVID-19 vaccine?

The first COVID-19 vaccine to be approved for use in the UK was developed by Pfizer/BioNTech. It has 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.

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. No long-term complications have been reported.

How effective is the COVID-19 vaccine?

After having both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine most people will be protected against coronavirus. It takes a few weeks after getting the 2nd dose for it to work.

There is a small chance you might still get coronavirus even if you have the vaccine.

This means it is important to:

  • continue to follow social distancing guidance
  • if you can, wear something that covers your nose and mouth in places where it’s hard to stay away from other people

COVID-19 vaccine side effects

Most side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine are mild and should not last longer than a week, such as:

  • a sore arm where the needle went in
  • feeling tired
  • a headache
  • feeling achy

You can take painkillers, such as paracetamol, if you need to. If you have a high temperature you may have coronavirus or another infection.

If your symptoms get worse or you are worried, call 111.

Allergic reactions

Tell staff before you are vaccinated if you have ever had a serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). You should not have the vaccine if you’ve ever had a serious allergic reaction to medicines, vaccines or food. However, it is safe to have the vaccine if you have had a serious allergic reaction to a bee or wasp sting.

If you do have a reaction to the vaccine, it usually happens in minutes. This is why you will need to wait at the vaccination clinic for 15 minutes after your vaccination.

Staff giving the vaccine are trained to deal with allergic reactions and treat them immediately.

This is a hugely positive step forwards after such a difficult year for everyone and we would ask you to seriously consider having a vaccination.