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Why should I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

The vaccine is the best way to protect yourself from COVID-19.

The vaccine will reduce your risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19. Catching COVID-19 can be serious and may lead to long-term complications and death. Being healthy does not reduce your risk of getting COVID-19 and passing it on.

You can spread COVID-19 to family and those around you, even if you have very mild symptoms or no symptoms at all.

The COVID-19 vaccine is helping to reduce the rates of serious illness and save lives.

Uptake of the vaccine in the first part of the vaccination programme has been very high.

If you want to travel abroad in the future, the  country you are visiting might ask you to prove you have been vaccinated. COVID-19 rates are higher in some other countries.

Vaccines offer us hope for controlling COVID-19 disease but we need as many people to get vaccinated as possible for this to work best.  Every vaccination counts, including yours.