The current main vaccines that are being distributed in the UK are the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine and the AstraZeneca/Oxford Covid- 19 vaccine. Both have been issued with an Emergency Use Listing (EULs) by , marking them as safe to use and efficacious. National regulators then authorised the vaccines to allow them to be manufactured and distributed in the UK.
The current vaccines in use are administered in two doses to provide the maximum protection from the virus; however, it is still too early to determine whether this will be enough to provide long-term protection. Research is an ongoing process and the current data is promising. Although, a top-up vaccine may be required in the future, not dissimilar to the distribution of the yearly flu vaccine.
The Covid-19 vaccines triggerto develop an immune response to the SARS-Cov-2 virus. This response is responsible for any side effects that may occur, but should subside within a 48-hour period post-vaccine. Immunity helps your body to fight off the virus if it is exposed. This also enables you to protect others who may be more susceptible to Covid-19 as you are less likely to pass it on.
If you have had the vaccine and want to know if you have achieved immunity the Neutralising Antibody Rapid Test Kit assesses the body’s response and provides fast results.
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