Coronavirus vaccine and Parkinson's

How effective and safe the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is for people with Parkinson's, and what you need to know about the roll out.

This page was last updated on 13 July 2021 at 3pm. This advice is updated as new information becomes available.

Is the vaccine safe for people with Parkinson's?

The UK has some of the highest safety standards in the world. All approved vaccines meet the strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the UK’s medicines regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

So far, millions of people have been given a coronavirus vaccine. Reports of serious side effects, such as allergic reactions or clotting problems, have been very rare. 

Find out more about coronavirus vaccine safety and side effects on the NHS website.

Our Clinical Director, Dr Donald Grosset, advises:

"The vaccine is safe for people with Parkinson's. There is no interaction with Parkinson's medication. Parkinson's is specifically included as one of the conditions that is in a 'clinical risk group' and every adult with Parkinson's should get the vaccine."

Am I currently eligible for the vaccine?

There are different vaccination timetables depending on where you live. Most people with Parkinson’s, and their carers, should have been contacted about their vaccination by now. 

Find out about the roll out, and how to book your vaccination, where you live:

Between 3 and 12 weeks after your first vaccine, you'll be invited for your second dose. It is important that you have this vaccine to boost your protection against coronavirus. You will have 2 doses of the same vaccine.

I'm a carer for someone with Parkinson's. When will I get my vaccine? 

If you provide regular unpaid care or support for someone with Parkinson’s, you may be eligible for the vaccination now, regardless of your age. 

If you care for someone with Parkinson’s, find out about vaccination arrangements where you live: 

How will I get the vaccine?

The NHS will invite you for a vaccination when it is your turn. You might get the vaccine:

  • in your local hospital
  • at a nearby vaccination hub 
  • via your GP or pharmacist
  • at your care home.

The vaccination is not compulsory.

Be alert to fraud. There have been reports of scams asking you to book your vaccine or pay for the vaccine, claiming to be from the NHS. Scams can be via text message, letter, phone call, email or door-to-door.

If you've had the vaccine

The vaccine isn’t 100% effective, but it dramatically reduces your risk of becoming seriously ill with coronavirus. And it reduces your risk of passing on the virus to others. 

People who have been double vaccinated have a strong level of protection against the virus, so you can be more confident about working, travelling and socialising safely. But as restrictions ease, you can continue to take any measures that feel suitable and right to you, for example by avoiding crowded places or asking visitors to your home to wear face coverings. Read more of our latest advice on coronavirus and Parkinson's.

If you've had the coronavirus vaccine and are experiencing side effects, please report it on the government's Yellow Card website.

Will I receive a booster?

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has said that a booster programme for vulnerable people should start in September. All adults over 50, and anyone under 50 who is eligible for an annual flu vaccine, will be invited.    

If eligible, you will be contacted when it is your turn and will have one dose of the same vaccine that you received in the initial roll out. 

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Getting my coronavirus vaccination: Hamish's story

Hamish, 78, lives in Inverness in Scotland and was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2016. He received his first dose of the coronavirus vaccination in February 2021 and said:

"From start to finish, it was a job very well done and since having the jab, I’ve had no side effects - other than relief."