9th April 2021

Do you drink or use drugs?

If so, you could be at increased risk of getting COVID-19.

It is important for you to get vaccinated when you are offered it.

If you are not registered with a GP surgery, you can find out how on the NHS website. Remember, you have the RIGHT to receive treatment from a GP surgery.

What to expect when you get the vaccine:

  • When it is your turn to get a vaccination, you will receive a letter from the NHS with details of how to book - Someone else can book for you if you need to.
  • When you have booked, you will receive a number you need to take with you on the day – if you have a Carer, they can attend your appointment with you.
  • The appointment should take around 30-45 minutes and you will need to wear a mask unless you are exempt.
  • It’s useful to have your NHS number with you – you can find it using this tool on the NHS website
  • You may feel some mild discomfort (sore arm or tired), don’t worry, that’s normal and this doesn’t usually last long. If you’re worried about any symptoms call 111.

Helpful information:

  • All the approved vaccines are safe for people who are vegetarian and vegan.
  • The NHS has guides in other languages - you can find them here.
  • To find out more about the vaccine visit this page.
  • Change Grow Live have info on staying safe if you are currently using drugs here.

Need additional help or support?

  • Ask your Recovery Worker or Counsellor if you are worried about anything.
  • If you need any extra help or changes to make it possible for you to have your vaccination, please mention them when you book your appointment.
  • If you have a phobia or are feeling anxious about anything, let a member of staff know so that they can support you – don’t worry, it’s Ok to feel like that.