Is the vaccine safe for people taking blood thinners like Warfarin or other anticoagulants?
In general, yes, but you should let the person giving you the vaccine know that you are taking an anticoagulant. As with any injections, there is some risk of bleeding.
Like most vaccines, the coronavirus vaccine is injected into the muscle of your upper arm. Injections into your muscle may bleed a little more than injections that are given under the skin, but less than those that are given into a vein. If you are taking a blood thinner such as Warfarin, or a new anticoagulant, the bleeding may take a little longer to stop and you may get more bruising on your upper arm.
Public Health Scotland and the Department of Health have said that you can have the vaccine if your anticoagulant treatment is stable. That generally means that you will have been taking the same dose for a while and that if you are on Warfarin, that your INR checks are up to date and that your latest INR level was in the right range.
For further information on blood thinners, please refer to the British Heart Foundation website. Visit https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/coronavirus-and-you
Can I still receive the vaccine if I am trying to become pregnant?
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) published updated advice on 30 December 2020 to advise that women who are trying to become pregnant do not need to avoid pregnancy after vaccination.
Getting vaccinated before pregnancy will help prevent COVID-19 infection and its serious consequences. In some cases, women will need to make a decision about whether to delay pregnancy until after the vaccine becomes available to them. There is no evidence to suggest these type of vaccines cause issues with fertility.
Can I receive the vaccine if I am breastfeeding my child?
Please refer to The Breastfeeding Network for further information on Breastfeeding and Coronavirus or call
their helpline on 0300 100 0212.
You can also click on our Breastfeeding Support page (also at the bottom of our website) for further help and support for woman
who are breastfeeding.