The COVID-19 vaccine
What vaccines are available in the UK?
There are currently four vaccines available in the UK, which have all been approved by the UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). They are:
- Pfizer – the first vaccine to have been approved in December 2020. This has two doses
- AstraZeneca – the second to have been approved in December 2020. Also a double dose vaccine
- Moderna – Approved in January 2021 and given in two doses
- Janssen – Approved in May 2021. This is the only single dose vaccine available in the UK
All the vaccines give a high level of protection against COVID-19 and have been through rigorous testing to ensure they are safe.
You can read more on our COVID-19 vaccine pages.
Is it safe for people with WM?
All the vaccines available in the UK have been through rigorous testing to ensure that they are safe for use. Specialists say that the vaccine is safe for people living with cancer, and treatment can still go ahead if you’ve had the vaccine.
Read more about getting the vaccine and WM treatment.
Should I get the vaccine?
People with WM have a weakened immune system, meaning their bodies find it harder to fighter viruses and infections. Therefore, WM specialists advise that people living with the disease should get vaccinated when invited. If you have any specific concerns about your health and the vaccine, you should talk to your doctor.
What else should I know about the vaccine?
A third full dose of the vaccine is available to immunocompromised people, to further boost protection against the virus. You can find more about the third dose on our vaccine pages.