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Any coronavirus vaccine that is approved must go through all the clinical trials and safety checks all other licensed medicines go through. The MHRA follows international standards of safety.
So far, thousands of people have been given a COVID-19 vaccine and reports of serious side effects, such as allergic reactions, have been very rare. No long-term complications have been reported.
The NHS will let you know when it's your turn to have the vaccine. It's important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.
The COVID-19 vaccination is only available through the NHS to eligible groups and it is a free vaccination.
Any approach made to you by companies or individuals to privately purchase COVID-19 vaccines must be immediately reported to your local Counter Fraud Specialist, or to the NHS Fraud and Corruption Reporting Line (powered by Crimestoppers) on 0800 028 40 60, or online using the link below.
Tell healthcare staff before you are vaccinated if you've ever had a serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).
You should not have the vaccine if you've ever had a serious allergic reaction to:
Serious allergic reactions are rare. If you do have a reaction to the vaccine, it usually happens in minutes. Staff giving the vaccine are trained to deal with allergic reactions and treat them immediately.