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The Scottish Mail on Sunday - 2021-10-10

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There’s a booster to suit us all

Health

THE good thing about having a range of Covid vaccines is that if you can’t have one of them due to an allergy, there’s probably an alternative. When the booster programme was announced, it was said that people would be offered either Pfizer or Moderna – both are made in a similar way. Studies showed that these vaccines used as boosters provoked the fewest side effects and worked very well. However, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has said that anyone unable to have a Pfizer or Moderna jab, perhaps because of an allergy, can be given AstraZeneca instead. There’s been a huge amount of confusion with people thinking they can’t have this or that vaccine due to a health concern or allergy, and often, in the letters I’ve read, people have somehow got the wrong end of the stick, or are mistaken about an ingredient in a certain vaccine. If you are at all unsure, book a call with your GP to discuss the issue.

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