Who should not go for the vaccination?
If you have a history of severe allergic reactions, go to your family physician or company doctor and ask for a memo that will defer your getting the vaccine until later, when tests will be done to ensure that it is safe for you. The vaccination is safe even if you have chronic illnesses such as hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes.
But do postpone getting the jab if you are unwell or have had a fever in the last 24 hours.
In the very rare case that this vaccine does cause a severe allergic reaction in you – signs include difficulty breathing; the swelling of your face, throat, eyes or lips; a fast heartbeat; dizziness and weakness; and a bad rash all over your body – seek medical attention immediately. Call 995 or go to the nearest A&E department at once.
Are there people who shouldn’t take the vaccine?
Yes. These include pregnant women, children below 16 years of age, and people with a severely compromised immune system (for example, those with active cancer or are on cancer treatment).
I was assessed to be ineligible for the vaccination but still want to be vaccinated. What should I do?
If you have been assessed to be ineligible due to medical reasons, you may be able to get vaccinated later if data becomes available that it is safe to receive the vaccination, or you may be able to get vaccinated with other Covid-19 vaccines.