Asthma and the Covid Vaccine
Covid infections can cause severe complications in those who have asthma, so it is important that you protect yourself against it.
In the UK, two primary doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are available to all adults, and children over 5. Some people at higher risk can get a third primary dose.
Booster vaccines give extra protection against COVID-19. One booster vaccine is available to all people over 16. Some children between 12 and15 years old can get a booster if they are at high risk from COVID-19.
Those over 75, people with immunosuppression, and those living in care homes for older people are eligible for a secondary booster 6 months after the first one.
Should people with asthma get the Covid vaccine?
Yes, you should get a Covid vaccine if you have asthma. Asthmatics are at a higher risk of serious Covid infections, and the best way to protect yourself against Covid is to get vaccinated. Getting vaccinated reduces the risk of severe illness and hospital admission due to COVID-19.
Is the Covid vaccine safe for asthmatics?
Yes, covid vaccines are safe for people with lung conditions. All vaccines have to meet strict safety, quality, and effectiveness standards to be approved. However, the Covid vaccine can have side effects for some people and affect you differently if you have other health conditions. More information on health conditions and COVID-19 is available on the NHS website. If you have ever had an allergic reaction to a vaccination, you should ask your GP before getting the vaccine.
How effective are COVID-19 vaccines?
COVID-19 vaccines are the most effective way to protect you and other people from coronavirus. Getting two doses and a booster reduces the likelihood that you will need to go to hospital.
Vaccines help to:
- reduce the chances of serious illness or death related to COVID-19
- reduce the risk of getting and spreading COVID-19
- protect you against variant forms of COVID-19