Leicester residents urged to take COVID-19 vaccine

By Shantelle Gondo

Leicester residents are being encouraged to take the COVID-19 vaccine to help protect themselves against the deadly virus.

The Leicester City Council has promoted across social media and leaflets for people to take the COVID-19 vaccine, especially if they are invited to do so – as this is the best defence against the coronavirus.

Currently the vaccine has been tested on many people around the world – approximately over 15 million people in the UK have been safely vaccinated – as the vaccine has been in many safety trials and has gained approval like any other vaccines.

The vaccine does not have any eggs, alcohol or any animal products, the vaccine cannot spread or give you coronavirus and no evidence has been shown that it causes infertility.

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists claimed that ‘there is no plausible biological mechanism’ by which the vaccine could affect fertility.

Chantel Williams, 39, a care assistant at private healthcare firm Ramsay Healthcare in Sawbridgeworth, said: “As I recently got the vaccine, I did have some side effects although they didn’t seem to be too serious.

“When I was getting the vaccine, I couldn’t feel anything but later on my arm felt heavy to the point that I was unable to drive.”

Below are the groups that can now be vaccinated:

  • Ages 50 or over
  • Anyone aged over 16 and is clinically vulnerable
  • Frontline health or social care worker
  • Extremely vulnerable individuals who will receive a letter inviting them to be vaccinated.

For more information or If you are in one of the groups above visit: https://www.leicester.gov.uk/your-council/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-vaccine/

For the coronavirus vaccine, book online at NHS.UK or call 119 between 7am and 11pm any day or even contact your GP.

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