Covid/Flu Vaccination

COVID Vaccination: Spikevax Bivalent (Moderna)

What is Spikevax Bivalent?

Spikevax was previously known as Moderna which was widely used as part of the COVID-19 vaccination programme. It has been re-marketed as Spikevax Bivalent as it now protects against the heavily mutated Omnicron variants as well as including the previous COVID protection Moderna provided.

Spikevax Bivalent is only licensed for use from patients aged 18 years and over. It is safe to be given during pregnancy too.

What is in Spikevax Bivalent?

SPIKEVAX contains the following ingredients: messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA), lipids (SM-102, polyethylene glycol [PEG] 2000 dimyristoyl glycerol [DMG], cholesterol, and 1,2distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine [DSPC]), tromethamine, tromethamine hydrochloride, acetic acid, sodium acetate trihydrate, and sucrose. No animal products are contained in the vaccine.

There is NO whole or live virus involved, this vaccine CANNOT cause COVID. They work by   stimulating the cells of the body to produce antigen which resembles the spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The presence of the antigen then stimulates the immune system to produce antibodies and activate T-cells.

BEFORE YOU HAVE THE VACCINATIONS PLEASE READ:

  • If you have tested positive for COVID in the last 28 days, you CANNOT have the vaccination today
  • If you have had a Shingles vaccine in the last 7 days, you CANNOT have the vaccination today
  • If you have a high temperature/fever you CANNOT have the flu vaccine today
  • If you have suffered a severe reaction after a previous COVID vaccination, please let us know as you will need to wait for 15 minutes after your vaccination
  • If you have a history of allergies or severe reactions, please let us know as you will need to wait for 15 minutes after your vaccination

Side Effects

The side-effects seen in Spikevax clinical trial recipients were mild and self-resolving.

The most frequent reported reactions were tiredness, headache, muscle aches, axillary (underarm) swelling/tenderness and a raised temperature/ fever. These symptoms are usually mild or moderate and were reported to resolve within a few days without treatment.

INFLUENZA VACCINATION

 Flu vaccinations are safe and effective. It’s offered every year through the NHS to help protect people at risk of getting seriously ill from flu.

There are several types of flu vaccine and none of them contact live viruses. The Flu vaccines CANNOT cause Flu.

BEFORE YOU HAVE THE FLU VACCINATION:

  • You should not have the flu vaccine if you have had a previous serious allergic reaction to a flu vaccine
  • If you have an egg allergy you MUST let us know
  • If you have a high temperature/fever you CANNOT have the flu vaccine today

SIDE EFFECTS

Most side effects are mild and only last for a day or so, such as:                         

  • a slightly raised temperature
  • muscle aches
  • sore arm where the needle went in – this is more likely to happen with one of the vaccines for people aged 65 and over

Co-administering COVID and Influenza

It is safe to have the COVID booster and flu vaccinations at the same time. Administering at the same time produced no safety concerns and preserves the immune response to both vaccines.

Both vaccines are NOT live and CANNOT give you COVID or FLU.

Trials of co-administering were undertaken, and the results showed patients to only experience mild side effects such as pain at the injection site and temporary fatigue, headache or muscle pain. Which can be side effects of receiving either vaccination separately anyway.

Either vaccine did not affect the effectiveness of the other vaccine. Blood tests on the trial volunteers suggest there was no negative impact on the immune responses to either Flu or COVID vaccines when the vaccines were given one after the other, in opposite arms.

The trial participants returned on a regular basis following the co-administering for blood tests and to report any side effects. There were no severe reactions reported by participants.

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