MILLIONS of Brits have now had a Covid vaccine and its hoped that everyone will be double jabbed by September.
But if you’ve recently had Covid-19 then there is a certain amount of time you have to wait before having a dose.
Millions of Brits have now had a Covid vaccine, but you might have to wait a little while if you have recently caught the bugCredit: LNP
So far across the UK over 46.6 million Brits have had a first dose of a Covid jab, with 27.6 million now having had a second.
The NHS is trying to get the nation vaccinated before winter, as this is when respiratory viruses like Covid-19 thrive.
A booster jab plan is also set for the autumn months, to give Brits even more protection.
Everyone over the age of 18 can now get a coronavirus vaccine in the UK and the government has urged all those who are eligible to come forward and get their jab.
How long do I have to wait for my jab after I’ve had Covid?
Over the last week cases of the virus have been dropping, but thousands are still being diagnosed with Covid each day and this could cause chaos when it comes to jabs.
The NHS says in order to keep everyone safe, there is a 28 day wait after contracting the virus.
You can have your jab 28 days after testing positive for the virus, or 28 days after your symptoms first started.
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This is to make sure you are no longer infectious.
Most medications have side effects and coronavirus vaccines are no different.
While most people will be fine after their jab, some people have reported feeling groggy and run down, as well as pain at the site of injection.
This is another reason why you need to wait 28 days after having Covid – to make sure you are fully recovered from your symptoms.
Do I still need a jab if I have Covid?
While you will have some natural immunity if you have caught Covid-19 – it doesn’t mean you can’t contract the virus a second time.
You still need to get a vaccine as this will protect you and others around you from becoming severely ill.
It’s also not clear how long antibodies for the virus actually last. So it’s best to get your jab.
One scientist today claimed that the UK is close to herd immunity and that there wouldn’t be a major surge in infections this winter.
Dr David Matthews, a virologist and expert in coronaviruses from the University of Bristol, told the Telegraph: “In terms of herd immunity – by which we mean the virus has managed to reach everybody and therefore most people will have a level of immune memory – I suspect we’re very close to it.
“Assuming nothing truly spectacularly leftfield happens, then this pandemic is pretty much over for the UK. I suspect we will not see a major surge this winter, or any serious levels of fatalities.
“The more we close the gap on the last 10 per cent who haven’t had the vaccine, the better we will be. Everyone will eventually meet the virus and it is far better to do so vaccinated.”