COVID-19: vaccine and testing FAQs

We answer your frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and testing.  

Do Circle Health Group offer the COVID vaccine?

No, we do not. The vaccine will be distributed via the NHS. Immunisation will be prioritised on medical need, with more vulnerable groups receiving it first.

Is Circle Health Group likely to in the future?

We will update this information on our website if applicable. However, it is important to note that the vaccine is currently only available through the NHS.

Do Circle Health Group offer COVID testing for flying abroad?

No, we do not. COVID tests are only offered to NHS and care staff, as well as some hospital patients and care home residents.

Do Circle Health Group offer COVID antibody testing?

No, we do not.

How quickly can I get the vaccine?

The UK has already ordered 40 million doses of the vaccine. This is enough to vaccinate 20 million people. The order in which people will get the vaccine is decided by the Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations.

Elderly people in care homes and care home staff will be prioritised. This will be followed by people over the age of 80, as well as health and care staff.

The doses will be rolled out quickly, but the majority of them will be distributed in 2021.

How much will the vaccine cost?

The COVID vaccine is available through the NHS.

Is the vaccine safe?

The MHRA has declared that the vaccine is safe to roll out.

The Head of MHRA Dr June Raine, has ensured that, even though the speed of approval for the vaccine was quick, no “corners were cut” in reaching the decision.

She has also ensured that the vaccines will be tested in labs, so that every single one meets high standards of safety. Prof Sir Munir Pirmohamed, the chairman of the Commission on Human Medicines expert working group, said: “Most of the side effects are very mild, similar to the side effects after any other vaccine. They usually last for a day or so.”

Vaccines will only be used if they have been approved by the MHRA.

How is the vaccine given?

The vaccine is given as two injections.

These are 21 days apart. The second dose being a booster. Immunity begins after the first dose.

However, it reaches full effect one week after the second dose.

How can I get tested for COVID?

You can take a swab test to identify whether or not you have COVID-19.

Swab tests are available through the NHS for free, if you:

· Have symptoms;

· Have been asked to take a test by your local council;

· Live in England and have been told to by your hospital,

· Or are taking part in a government pilot project.

You can get a swab test at your local COVID testing centre. You can also order a home test kit and perform the swab test yourself. COVID is also tested through blood samples.

You can do this yourself through a finger prick test or have blood samples taken at your local testing centre.

How can I get tested for COVID antibodies?

Antibody tests are currently only offered to NHS and care staff, as well as some hospital patients and care home residents.

These tests are used to detect antibodies to the COVID-19 virus, to determine whether or not it’s likely that you have had the virus before.

Some people might also be offered an antibody test as part of a government pilot project.

Will I be tested for COVID as part of my inpatient procedure with Circle Health Group?

You might be tested for COVID-19 at one our of hospitals. This depends on the treatment you receive.