Zoe wanted to share her experience of having the Covid-19 vaccine to encourage others to do the same.

I decided to have the vaccine because I wanted to be safe, to protect the NHS and because I’m vulnerable because I’m Down Syndrome. I’ve also been shielding because people with Down Syndrome are high risk.

I was a little nervous because I wasn’t sure what to expect. My Shared Lives support worker and my sister had both been for their vaccines, so they were able to tell me what to expect. Also, I had my flu jab a month before and was told it was similar.

When I arrived at the medical centre, there were people there to guide me where to go. They were very helpful and kind. My sister was with me for support. I had to wait for about 5 minutes before I was called into another room. There were 2 nurses there and they spoke to me about the vaccine and asked if I was allergic to anything. The nurse told me where she was going to put the needle in my arm. It didn’t hurt and I didn’t even know she had done it; it was so quick.

After having the vaccine, I had to sit in the waiting room for about 15 minutes to make sure I was OK. They gave me a card and information about the vaccine and said I will get another appointment in May for the second dose. My arm was a little sore after, but I was very happy and proud of myself.

I would like to say to anyone who has not had their vaccine yet, it is OK to be nervous and afraid. But try to keep themselves calm and do some deep breathing. The staff at the vaccine centre are so kind and helpful; it is over in no time at all. And to give yourself a treat afterwards for being brave and helping the NHS.

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