Protect yourself against coronavirus. It is strongly recommended by NHS Scotland that you get the coronavirus vaccine when it is offered to you. COVID-19 is a respiratory infection which is highly infectious and can spread very easily. Catching COVID-19 can cause serious illness, hospitalisation and even death. The vaccine will reduce the risk of you getting coronavirus and reduce the risk of you becoming seriously ill if you do get coronavirus.
All adults in Scotland will be offered the vaccine at no cost when they are eligible. NHS Scotland are currently working through the JCV priority groups for vaccination below:
- 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 of age 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
Why should I get the coronavirus vaccination?
Getting the vaccine will help protect you and your family and help stop the spread which can save lives. The vaccine helps your body to build immunity to the virus so that your body can fight it off more easily. Getting the vaccine will reduce the risk of you getting coronavirus and make your symptoms milder if you do get it. The vaccine is given in 2 doses and it offers good protection within 2-3 weeks of the first dose. The second dose is important for longer term protection.
Getting the vaccine can not only protect you and the people around you it can also help to protect the NHS and stop the spread.
Workers in a direct caring role are more likely to be exposed to COVID-19 at work. Getting the vaccine can protect you, service users and colleagues.
All vaccines have been tested for safety and effectiveness and approved by the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). For more information on the coronavirus vaccine visit: https://www.nhsinform.scot/covid-19-vaccine
How do I get my vaccination?
You will receive an invite via letter or telephone from NHS Scotland when you are eligible to receive the vaccine. The vaccine is given in 2 doses. You will receive an invite for your first dose when you become eligible. Following your first dose you will receive an invite for your second dose between 3 to 12 weeks of your first dose.
NHS are advising that you do not need to do anything to arrange your vaccine and that you should wait until they make contact with you.
Vaccination Appointment During Working Hours
NHS Scotland are asking that you make ever effort to attend your allocated appointment and only re-arrange if necessary. Therefore, NLC will provide paid time off work for you to attend the COVID-19 vaccination appointments if this is during your working hours. You would be expected to attend work prior to and following your vaccination appointment depending on the time of your scheduled appointment. You should provide your line manager with confirmation of your appointment date and time.
Although some people may suffer from side effects following the vaccine NHS Inform advise these are normally mild and much less serious than developing coronavirus or complications associated with coronavirus.
NHS Inform list the common side effects as:
- Tenderness, swelling and or redness at the injection site
- Muscle ache
- Feeling tired
These normally only last for a few days and more information on side effects can be found here:https://www.nhsinform.scot/covid-19-vaccine/the-vaccines/side-effects-of-the-coronavirus-vaccines
If you do experience any side effect which prevent you from attending work this is recorded as a sickness absence due to COVID-19 Vaccine Reaction. You should contact your line manager to report your sickness absence in line with the council’s Managing Attendance Policy.
After you are Vaccinated
Following your vaccination, you should continue to comply with the latest Government advice. In the working environment you should continue to adhere to all Health & Safety measures, for example, social distancing, using PPE and any other measures outlined within the appropriate risk assessments to reduce the risk of catching or spreading COVID-19.