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To have covid vaccine or not

Sandy_123 Member Posts: 1,966 Pioneering
Hi everyone I've had a text today from Drs telling me to get in touch to make appointment for covid vaccine. Trouble is I'm unsure what to do. I suffer with my lungs so this covid if I get it won't be good, but I'm worried the vaccine might be harmful. So many different stories out there.


  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 12,211 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi we have lots of discussions around this topic which you may find useful and it has been discussed so many times I doubt there is much else that can be said 

    Have a look at the previous posts 

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  • lisathomas50
    lisathomas50 Posts: 4,584 Disability Gamechanger
    @Sandy_123 the best thing to do if you have any concerns is to speak to your doctor 
  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Member Posts: 1,966 Pioneering
    @janer1967 I've only found one post on it on here, I did look. It's just something I've been fretting about all day, I'll remove the post. 

  • leeCal
    leeCal Member Posts: 4,214 Disability Gamechanger
    edited January 26
    I don’t think you need to remove the post @Sandy_123 its fine, we often have repeated ideas on the forum.

    i agree with @lisathomas50 you should just phone your local clinic and ask to have a chat with your doctor about your concerns. 🙂

    You can always use the Search button up the top of the page to look for anything.
  • BrettW
    BrettW Member Posts: 607 Pioneering
    leave the post as it is. Others may want to put their opinions on it. Personally I'd do whats suggested above and speak to your GP.

  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 12,211 Disability Gamechanger
    No need to remove it at all 

    I will get admin to tag you in on the other posts or point you in the right direction 

    @Cher_Scope can you direct @Sandy_123 to the covid posts 
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  • Grinchy
    Grinchy Member Posts: 421 Pioneering
    I hope you find the info you need, its a scary time, sometimes hard to sort through whats real and what is made up, i'm having the jab, good luck 
  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 10,451 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Sandy_123 - I'm sorry you feel concerned about the vaccine. As you say, there are so many stories about it (many on social media), but, as advised, discuss it with your GP. The stories are just that....stories. I think we need to trust our scientists; they are the way forward, & the vaccine will help protect you. The vaccine is in no way harmful.
    Useful tho it may (possibly) be to see posts on the discussions about vaccines on here, your GP is in a way better position to advise, & alleviate your concerns. They will know you, & your medical history, which none of us can know. I'm sure your GP will help. My best wishes. :)
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,251 Disability Gamechanger
    I think personally that I take great comfort in the fact that almost 7 million have had the vax in the UK around 10% of the population, I have to weigh that up against that 3.6 million have had the virus and whilst 100,000 of them have died i'm not aware of anybody dying from the vax.
    Soon as my turn comes i'll be there with my arm ready for the needle, because the sooner we see the back of this pandemic the sooner we can get back to living life to the full.
    People who have genuine concerns should of course consult their GP, but I must admit i've stopped reading some of the scare stories out there.
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  • Ami2301
    Ami2301 Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,922 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Sandy_123 I felt the exact same when I first was told I could have an appointment to have the vaccine. I requested my specialist's opinion on whether to have the vaccine or not. Thankfully he got back to us within a few days. He was happy for me to have the vaccine.

    I received an appointment for 2 days later. It all happened so quickly and I was very impressed with how the surgery carried out all the vaccinations they were doing that day.

    Echoing what everyone has advised, speak to your GP or consultant/specialist :)
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  • Geoark
    Geoark Member, Scope Volunteer Posts: 1,374 Disability Gamechanger
    The only real issue I have heard about seems to be around allergies. A friend recently had their vaccine, has severe health issues and allergies. As mentioned above your doctor will be the best person to advise you as they know your medical history. My friend did have a reaction, but as this was a possibility the surgery was prepared and the medication needed was available at the surgery and they were treated there. The appointment lasted longer than usual as they would not let them leave until they were happy they would be okay. Plus they are now waiting for the second jab.

    While reaching the official 100,000 deaths from Covid has rightly, in my opinion, received a lot of attention it should not be forgotten that surviving Covid is potentially not without long term risks and affects on health. While this has had the occasional mention I have not heard what the figures are for those with long term issues.

    Like many others, as soon as I can I will be getting the vaccine.

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  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Posts: 5,974

    Scope community team

    Hi @sandy123 :)Here's a list of the posts we've tagged with the 'coronavirus vaccine' tag.

    I'd just like to echo what the others have said, and suggest that you speak to your doctor. They will be best placed to advise you on whether or not the vaccine is safe for you. Do you feel comfortable doing that? 
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  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Member Posts: 1,966 Pioneering
    Thanks every one, I've done a lot of research etc. Got jab at 9.30 tomorrow 
  • Ross_Scope
    Ross_Scope Posts: 4,890

    Scope community team

    Hope all goes well, I'm sure you'll be fine @Sandy_123
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