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Rheumatology - Coronavirus vaccine

Can I have the coronavirus vaccine?

The vaccines currently available from Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford AstraZeneca are not live vaccines.  This means they are safe for people who are on medicines to suppress the immune system.

If you have been offered the vaccine, then we encourage you to receive it.

Please see the versus arthritis website using the links below which answers many questions you may have regarding your medication and the coronavirus vaccine.

Vaccine FAQs: https://www.versusarthritis.org/covid-19-updates/vaccines-for-covid-19-your-questions-answered/

Further coronavirus advice: https://www.versusarthritis.org/news/2020/april/coronavirus-covid-19-and-arthritis-where-to-go-for-information/

Should I stop my medication?

There is no clear evidence to advise patients that they should stop their immune-suppressant medications.  The vaccine may not work as well for patients taking certain medications but you will be advised if this will affect you.

Does the vaccine mean I don’t have to shield anymore?

The coronavirus vaccine does not change your shielding status.

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We are taking every precaution to keep those most vulnerable safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

For all guidance and updates, visit our Coronavirus information page.