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Are there any reasons you should not get the vaccine?

There are very few people who cannot get the COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine should not be given to:

• people who have had a confirmed anaphylactic reaction to any of the ingredients of the vaccine

• those who have had a confirmed anaphylactic reaction to a previous dose of the same COVID-19 vaccine

People with a history of serious allergic reaction to food, an identified drug or vaccine, or an insect sting can get any COVID-19 vaccine, as long as they are not known to be allergic to any component of the vaccine. It’s important that you tell the person giving you your vaccine if you’ve ever had a serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).

The vaccine does not contain any animal products or egg.


There is no evidence to suggest that the COVID-19 vaccine will affect fertility in women or men. You do not need to avoid pregnancy after receiving the COVID-19 vaccination.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

COVID-19 vaccines are recommended in pregnancy. Vaccination is the best way to protect against the known risks of COVID-19 in pregnancy for both women and babies. These include admission of pregnant women into intensive care and premature birth of the baby. You and your unborn baby cannot catch COVID-19 from the vaccines. If you are breastfeeding, or planning to breastfeed, you can get the COVID-19 vaccine. You should not stop breastfeeding to be vaccinated against COVID-19. You can continue to breastfeed as normal after vaccination.

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