Update 22nd February 2021
Covid Vaccine Information at Dundrum Family Practice
We are delighted to offer you a COVID-19 vaccine which should protect you, and hopefully those around you, from the serious complications of COVID-19.
Please read the 5 questions below to assess your eligibility for the Covid-19 Vaccine:
1. Have you had Anaphylaxis (serious allergic reaction requiring medical intervention) following a previous dose of a vaccine or injectable treatment?
If yes you may not be eligible for the vaccination at this time, please discuss it with us in advance of attending.
2. Have you been diagnosed with Covid-19 within the last four weeks?
If yes, you will not be eligible for vaccination until four weeks after your Covid-19 diagnosis.
3. Have you had another vaccine within the last 14 days?
If yes, you will not be eligible until14 days after your last vaccination.
4. Do you have a fever (temperature >38degrees) or are you unwell at present?
-If yes you should delay getting the vaccine until you feel better.
5. Do you have a bleeding disorder or are you on anticoagulation therapy? (Eg some common anticoagulants are warfarin, rivaroxaban, apixaban, edoxaban and dabigatran)
If yes, you will still get the vaccine but we can look after you better if we know.
While the work to develop COVID-19 vaccines has moved much faster than usual, the vaccine we are offering you has gone through the same clinical trials and safety checks as other licensed vaccines, following international standards of safety.
Like all medicines, vaccines can cause side effects in some people.
A lot of people (more than one in 10) are sore where the injection is given or get muscle pains, headache and fever. These are temporary and usually mild symptoms.
A few people (up to one in 100) feel unwell or have some itchiness, or swelling of glands in the armpit.
Rarely (up to one in1,000) people can get a temporary one-sided facial drooping (Bell’s palsy)
Very rarely (about 1 in 100,000, in other words 99,999 of 100,000 don’t get it) there is a serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis)to the vaccine. The vaccinator is trained to treat such reactions. Those known to be allergic to components of the vaccine – which is very rarely the case – should not receive it.
The COVID-19 vaccine is given as an injection into your upper arm. It will only take a few minutes. We would ask that all patients attend wearing short sleeves so that we can easily administer your vaccine. You will be asked to remain on site for a minimum of 15 minutes after your vaccine has been administered, to observe for any allergy symptoms.
Your Covid-19 vaccine involves 2 doses, given 4 weeks apart. After having both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, most people will have immunity, however it takes 7 days after getting the second dose for it to work effectively.
There is a small chance you might still get Covid-19, even if you have the vaccine and we don’t know yet how long the protection may last.
Dr. Paul Mc Cormick
Over 80s Second Dose Clinic – Tuesday 6th of April
Over 74s Fist Dose Clinic – Thursday 8th of April