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What you need to know about Covid-19 vaccinations!

Published: August 7, 2021


Why should I get the Covid-19 vaccine?

Getting vaccinated can:

  • Help stop the spread of the virus
  • Reduce the risk of you getting seriously ill or dying from Covid-19
  • Protect against Covid-19 variants
  • Help protect the people around you.

Is the vaccine safe?

Yes.  All vaccines used have been fully approved by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)

NHS Scotland would not offer any Covid-19 vaccinations to the public until independent experts have signed off that it was safe to do so.

Any coronavirus vaccine that is approved must go through all the clinical trials and safety checks all other licensed medicines go through.

What if I’m pregnant?

You can safely get the vaccine if you are pregnant, think you are pregnant, or breastfeeding.  There is no evidence the Covid-19 vaccines have any effect on your chances of becoming pregnant.

What vaccine will I be offered?

You will be offered a vaccine that has been approved for use in the UK. Vaccines are suitable for all faiths and do not contain egg or animal products.

This includes:

  • Moderna or Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for those under 40 years of age
  • Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine for those over 40 years of age

How do I access the vaccine?

There are various vaccination venues across Lothian. The main venue is the mass vaccination centre at the Pyramids Business Park in Bathgate.

Drop-in vaccination sites will pop up in local areas. Information on these sites will be publicised via NHS, West Lothian Council and Third Sector social media, alongside other forms of local communication.

Information about Covid-19 vaccination in different languages can be found at –

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