COVID-19 NI
  • Home
  • Guidance
  • Can I get a vaccine if I am unwell or have COVID-19?

Can I get a vaccine if I am unwell or have COVID-19?

You can still have a vaccine if you have a mild fever or upper airway infection, like a cold.

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 infection, you should wait for 4 weeks after your symptoms started before booking a vaccine.

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

If you tested positive for COVID-19 but have no symptoms, you should wait for 4 weeks after your positive test result before booking a vaccine.

Updated: 2 weeks ago Posted: January 27, 2021 12:04 pm Share: