Covid Injections


Hello, I am new to this forum so I apologise if I am asking a question that has already been asked. Last night on the BBC News programme shortly before the Covid Update came on at 5 o'clock a specialist stated that those people who were immunosuppressed should not have the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid jab due to it being a 'live' jab. I see from the information on this site that the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid jab has been inactivated so is okay for immunosuppressed people. So now I am concerned and worried and not sure if I should take the Oxford/AstraZeneca Jab when it is offered to me as these to sources differ in their advice. Does anyone have any further information about which jabs it is safe to have.


  • Chris_R
    Chris_R Moderator Posts: 796
    edited 13. Jan 2021, 13:21

    Hi @Geri

    Welcome to the online community.You say that a specialist on BBC News programme stated that people who were immunosuppressed should not have the Oxford/AstraZenica vaccine,but on this site it states that you can.As you say that does differ in advice,i can understand why you are so concerned.

    This link may help you

    Meanwhile why don't you chat on our forums to others , everyone on our forums are friendly and understanding and helpful.

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  • frogmorton
    frogmorton Member Posts: 29,423

    I think there will be a lot of people in the same position as you @Geri fearful and confused by conflicting opinions.

    Maybe you and probably most people with are 'Clinically extremely vulnerable' will be offered the alternative vaccine?

    If the medical profession deem it safe I am sure they know best. I would seek reassurance from my rheumatologist if i were you.

    Take care and let us know how you get on

  • Mike1
    Mike1 Member Posts: 1,992

    I have confidence that the medics will call people forward for the vaccine and give them the best one of the three currently approved in accordance with individual medical conditions. The vaccine is NOT a panacea to get rid of Covid however, a full course will reduce your chance of becoming seriously ill but the scientists do not yet know whether it will stop you from catching and passing on the virus, but they do expect it to reduce this risk. So, it is still important to follow the guidance in your local area to protect those around you.

    To protect yourself and your family, friends and colleagues you still need to:

    • practice social distancing
    • wear a face mask
    • wash your hands carefully and frequently
    • follow the guidance

  • Ginge
    Ginge Member Posts: 1

    Hi, I am new to this forum also and I heard the same comment on the BBC news programme yesterday that the Pfizer vaccination was the recommended one for immunosuppressed patients and am glad someone else heard it. It made me very worried as I have just been started on steroids and wonder if I will have any say in which vaccine I receive.

  • Brynmor
    Brynmor Member Posts: 1,755

    Here again is the link to the Versus Arthritis Vaccines for COVID-19 FAQ:


  • NigelG
    NigelG Member Posts: 1

    I have heard that none of the vaccines are as good on those of us that are immunosuppressed, so is there a strategy to give “us” the second shot earlier, or are we just taking our chances along with those who get a better response to the vaccines ?

  • Chris_R
    Chris_R Moderator Posts: 796
    edited 13. Jan 2021, 12:53

    Hi @NigelG

    Welcome to the on line community you asked about news update on Covid19 for immunosuppressed

    Here is a link that might help

    Hope this helps please let us know how you get on.


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