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We are recieving a high number of questions and comments about the vaccination programme. The boxes below provide updates on the main themes that are being raised.
The MHRA is carrying out a detailed review of reports of a very rare blood clotting problem affecting a small number of people who have had the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.
The problem can also happen in people who have not been vaccinated and it's not yet clear why it affects some people.
The COVID-19 vaccine can help stop you getting seriously ill or dying from coronavirus. For people aged 30 or over and those with other health conditions, the benefits of being vaccinated outweigh any risk of clotting problems.
For people under 30 without other health conditions, it's currently advised that it's preferable to have another COVID-19 vaccine instead of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.
Call 111 immediately if you get any of these symptoms starting from around 4 days to 4 weeks after being vaccinated:
- a severe headache that is not relieved with painkillers or is getting worse
- a headache that feels worse when you lie down or bend over
- a headache that's unusual for you and occurs with blurred vision, feeling or being sick, problems speaking, weakness, drowsiness or seizures (fits)
- a rash that looks like small bruises or bleeding under the skin
- shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling or persistent abdominal (tummy) pain
Our five large vaccination centres will have limited appointments for first dose vaccinations in April. This is linked to national vaccine supply. It is a temporary position and appointments at all five sites will increase again as soon as supply allows.
- The Medway/Chatham centre will run first dose appointments through April subject to supply, available slots will show on the national booking service.
- Second dose appointments already booked are not affected and continue as planned.
- If you had a first dose at one of the large vaccination sites and have not yet booked your second dose appointment there are slots available via the national booking service
If you are in an eligible group and cannot get a first dose appointment through the national service in April please contact your GP for local vaccine clinics.
Please note; the national booking service cannot book appointments at local GP-run vaccination services or arrange housebound visits. These are being organised through the individual local services.