COVID-19 and epilepsy
Below is our latest news and information relating to epilepsy and the coronavirus (COVID-19).
If you would like to discuss the information, you can talk to our helpline team on 01494 601 400, email Helpline@epilepsysociety.org.uk or speak to us online via webchat..
For the latest information on vaccine eligibility and coronavirus risk, please refer to www.gov.uk/coronavirus
If you have concerns always speak to your doctor who will be able to advise based on your individual circumstances.
Latest coronavirus information
The Government is encouraging people in eligible groups to get vaccinated against seasonal ‘flu and Covid-19 this winter.
The Covid-19 booster vaccine is now available on the NHS for those who are most at risk from the virus and have had two doses of the vaccination at least six months ago. This includes people with epilepsy.
Callers to our Helpline have expressed concerns that the latest version of the patient information leaflet for the Covid-19 Astra Zeneca vaccine, mentions seizures as a possible side effect.
We know from calls to our Helpline, and through conversation on our social media platforms, that some people are sharing concerns about having their second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Epilepsy Society’s Medical Director, Professor Ley Sander, has stressed the importance of people with epilepsy receiving the Covid-19 vaccine.
People with epilepsy can now book their Covid-19 vaccine direct through the NHS. Find out how.
Please read our update from the DHSC, reassuring people with epilepsy that they are included in priority group 6 for the Covid-19 vaccine. Also included is our downloadable vaccine letter to give to your GP.
Our Medical Director, Professor Ley Sander and our Social Media Officer, Paige Dawkins, went live on Facebook with a Q&A about the Covid-19 vaccine and epilepsy, answering some FAQs and live questions from the Facebook stream on the day.
All the most frequently asked questions about Covid-19 and the vaccines, with regularly updated information from the Department of Health and Social Care.
Epilepsy Society’s Medical Director, Professor Ley Sander has reassured people with epilepsy that they should feel confident in having the new Covid-19 vaccine.
In England, you now must wear a face covering by law in many indoor settings. This is to help control the spread of the Covid-19 virus. There are exemptions to this, for example if you feel it will cause you distress. If this is the case for you, you may wish to carry an exemption card with you.
Wearing a face covering or mask is to become mandatory in shops in England from 24 July 2020. It is already mandatory on public transport. So what does this mean for people with epilepsy?