Local NHS urges people with allergies to “come and talk to us” about Covid-19 vaccines

People with allergies who are worried about being vaccinated against Covid-19 are being urged to “come and talk to us” by the local NHS.

South West London’s chief pharmacist in Merton, Sedina Agama is reassuring people thatwe will help you through it and help you have a vaccine”.

She said people can get the answers they need at any of the numerous vaccination sites across south west London and there will be no pressure on them to get jabbed.

Nurses, pharmacists and other clinical staff are on hand to talk through any issues away from the main vaccinating area, as every effort is made to ensure they have the answers they need.

In a video message – which can be watched or embedded using this link – she said: “So many patients ask me about allergies and it’s the main reason why a lot of people don’t come forward.

“So, if you have got an allergy and you are worried about that and that is the reason why you haven’t come forward, don’t be worried. Come forward. Come and talk to us. We will help you through it and help you have a vaccine.”

However, people should not have a Covid-19 vaccine if they have ever had a serious allergic reaction (including anaphylaxis) to a previous dose of the same vaccine or any of the ingredients in the vaccine.

The vaccines approved for use in the UK have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

Any Covid-19 vaccine that is approved has been through all the clinical trials and safety checks all other licensed medicines go through. The MHRA follows international standards of safety.

There are no artificial colours in any of the UK-approved Covid-19 vaccines. There is no fetal or animal material, in any of the Covid-19 vaccines approved in the UK. The vaccine ingredients can be found here – point 6 for each:

To speak to someone about the Covid-19 vaccine, you can: