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The Covid-19 vaccines and kidney disease

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The Covid-19 vaccines and kidney disease

We've been working with the professional kidney organisations and charities to ensure we all provide consistent, accurate information about the Covid-19 vaccines and work together to drive change for people affected by kidney disease.

Things change quickly, so we’ll try and keep the information as up-to-date as we can.

About the vaccine

  • Millions of people in the UK have received one of the Covid-19 vaccines. They are all suitable for adults with kidney disease.
  • There are several types of vaccine. Find out more about them and how they work in the frequently asked questions below.
  • You should have the vaccine when you are offered it, and any booster doses. People with advanced kidney disease are much more likely to develop severe illness and even pass away from Covid-19. The vaccine will offer some protection for you and your community.
  • If you are over 18, or are over 16 and share a household with someone who is immunosuppressed, you should have had one or two doses of vaccines or been invited to have them.

How does the Covid vaccine help protect you?

Vaccines work by training your body to fight off viruses with which you come into contact.

Take a look at our download which explains how vaccines do this and in particular how they work against the virus which causes COVID-19. We also explain how to interpret antibody blood tests.

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Continue to take care

Even if you have received the vaccine we recommend you:

  • continue to social distance
  • wash your hands regularly
  • wear a face mask.

It will take a few weeks before your immunity builds up and we don’t yet know the level of protection is provides for everyone, or whether people who are vaccinated can still pass the virus on. Following this advice will reduce the risk to you and your friends and family.

Your questions answered

You may have questions about the Covid-19 vaccines and how they affect you.
Here are some of the most common questions with answers from kidney specialists.

About Covid-19 and the vaccines

Safety concerns answered

Who should have the vaccine?

Vaccine efficacy in kidney patients

Coping with risk and uncertainty as restrictions are lifted

If you have any other concerns, do address these with your doctors. 

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