The NHS are vaccinating people in locations across Sheffield. There are currently vaccination sites across the city plus Sheffield Arena. The free vaccines will protect you against COVID-19 and are being given according to priority groups identified by the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation.

How to get your vaccine

You must be registered at a GP practice to receive an invitation for a vaccine.

You’ll be contacted by the NHS when it’s your turn to have the vaccine.

People aged 50 and over, clinically extremely vulnerable people aged 16-65,  adults with a learning disability (on their GP's learning disability register), and care home or frontline health and social care workers who have not yet been vaccinated, can contact the NHS to arrange their vaccination. 

You can arrange a vaccination using the national booking service at nhs.uk/covid-vaccination. You can choose a time slot and location to suit you. 

If you are unable to book online, phone 119 (free of charge).  Lines are open from 7am to 11pm every day.  If a suitable slot is not available, phone your GP practice.

If you or your family member have an appointment to attend your GP surgery or a vaccination site for your vaccination, please remember

  • arrive on time, not too early
  • to ensure safe social distancing can be observed you may have to wait outside before or after your vaccination - make sure you're dressed warm with sensible footwear

Please remember, if you are experiencing any Coronavirus symptoms, are self-isolating or are awaiting test results, do not attend your vaccination appointment - you must stay at home.   If you have to cancel please be assured that your appointment will be rearranged.  It is more important than ever that you do not visit a vaccination site or GP Surgery if you could have Coronavirus. 

Research on the new strains of COVID-19 have shown it is highly likely that both the Pfizer and Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccines are still effective and will provide protection against the new strains

After you've been vaccinated

The Pfizer and Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccines have been approved by the independent regulator provide, offer a good level of protection and reduce the risk of becoming seriously ill. It is not yet known whether it will stop vaccinated people from catching and carrying the virus, so when you have had your vaccination, please continue to wash your hands, maintain social distancing and a wear face mask. 

It takes a few weeks for your body to develop an immune response after having had the vaccine so you will not immediately have any protection.

When you have had your COVID-19 vaccination, you may have some mild side effects including a sore arm (from where the needle went in), feeling tired, a headache, feeling achy. Take painkillers, such as paracetamol if you need to.

It’s really important that you return for your second dose when you are called, receiving both doses of a covid vaccine gives you the best protection from becoming seriously ill if you contract covid.

Vaccine safety

The Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to be safe and offer high levels of protection – both have been given regulatory approval.

The COVID-19 vaccine uses mRNA technology. The mRNA vaccine teaches our cells to make a protein that triggers a protective immune response. The mRNA is then broken down soon after it enters the body. mRNA never enters the nucleus of the cell (where our DNA is kept), so it cannot change our DNA.

All COVID-19 vaccines have undergone rigorous testing and vaccines are highly regulated. The speed in which vaccines have been developed is due to increased funding, global scientific efforts, improvements in technology and thousands of testing volunteers. There are checks at every stage of the development and manufacturing processes, and all new vaccines are continually tested and monitored.

All COVID-19 vaccines have been tested on between 15,000 to 50,000 people in trials worldwide - men and women aged 18 to 84 from different ethnic backgrounds. Results show they are safe in all groups they have been tested in. No patient has so far suffered irreversible side effects or long-term complications.

Side effects

Serious side effects, such as allergic reactions, have been very rare amongst the millions of people have been vaccinated. When you have had the COVID-19 vaccination, you may have some mild side effects including a sore arm, feeling tired, a headache, feeling achy. All foods and medicines have a very small chance of a side effects – most are mild and short term and not everyone gets them. 

The Royal College of Midwives and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) have reported that there is no evidence to suggest vaccines will affect fertility. No safety concerns have been reported in clinical trials thousands of who were women of childbearing age.

Ingredients

  • the Pfizer and Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccines do not contain any meat, or porcine ingredients
  • the Pfizer vaccine contains no alcohol. The Oxford Astra Zeneca contains a very small amount of alcohol (0.002g of alcohol (ethanol) per dose of 0.5ml)
  • the Pfizer and Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccines do not contain, nor have been produced, using foetal cell lines
  • the Medicines & Healthcare Regulatory Agency, Joint Committee for Vaccinations & Immunisations, US Food & Drugs Administration and other drug regulators have each approved the COVID-19 vaccines.