COVID-19 vaccines are safe after approval and our clinicians strongly recommend you to have vaccination when it is offered to you in any form. The physical vulnerabilities that are associated with renal failure and its treatment make it more important to protect yourself. If you are in doubt please talk with your doctors and nurses, they welcome the discussion.
You may find the following helpful to come to a decision:
Patient Vaccine Briefing Document
https://britishima.org/pfizer-biontech-covid19-vaccine/ statement about the vaccine and Islam
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-55353161 BBC short films translated into Tamil, Sylheti, Urdu, Punjabi and Gujarati
Dec 24th 2020
NKF Update on January 13th 2021 by Kidney.org.uk
At present in the UK – there are 2 vaccines that have been approved by the MRHA and are available – the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. Three key points that we would like to state are;-
Both these vaccines are suitable for all kidney patients – neither of the vaccines are live, as has been incorrectly reported in some areas of the press and social media. If you are in any doubt - always seek the advice of your kidney / renal team (or GP).
The vaccines have been recommended by national experts who are professionally medically trained. These include experts from within our own kidney / renal community.
Both of these vaccines are safe. They have undergone several stringent tests which have been taken on many thousands of people. The risks to kidney patients of getting COVID far outweigh the risks of any possible side effects of either vaccine.
Jan 13th 2021
Update on December 24th 2020
Jan 24th 2021
Update on January 24th 2020