For the last few weeks our Enquiry Service at the MS Trust has been busy with questions about the vaccination. We’ve talked with people who were worried about when they will be offered a vaccine, people who wanted to know about the timing of vaccines and DMDs, as well as people who had concerns about vaccine safety and vaccine ingredients.
In a week when we heard that nearly 16 million people had already been vaccinated at least once and the roll out was widened to include people who are clinically vulnerable alongside the over 65s, it’s no wonder vaccination is a hot topic for many of us.
At the MS Trust we’ve looked at the evidence around vaccine safety and the risks for people with MS. You can read our overview here. No vaccine is risk free and there are some people that this vaccine isn’t suitable for. The Association of British Neurologists has a good summary of these in their guidance released in January which you can read here. If you have concerns about what the risks are for you, you are best to talk with your MS Team or health professional so you can make the right decision.
I’m pleased that my 89 year-old dad and some of my other family, my friends and my colleagues have already had their first shot. Even though they are still following advice to stay safe and socially distance after the vaccine, this feels like a first step on the road back to normality. I haven’t been invited for my vaccination yet – but I’ll be booking my appointment as soon as I get notified. I’ll say yes because it will help keep me safer, it will help keep my friends and family safer and it will help keep the people I sit next to on the train safer too.
Accepting the vaccine is a personal decision for each and every one of us. If enough of us say yes it will help keep those people who can’t have the vaccine, or those who the vaccine is less effective for, safe too. At the MS Trust we hope that everyone who can be vaccinated, will be vaccinated.
The last year has been hard for us all. After so many months living through the pandemic, it’s good to look forward and think about what might be possible. Whether it’s a pint at the pub, watching a match with friends or simply sharing a meal with family, because of the vaccine roll out all of these feel much closer again. Although right now I’ll just be happy when I can meet a friend in the local park.
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