COVID-19 and epilepsy
Below is our latest news and information relating to epilepsy and the coronavirus (COVID-19). The medical advice and information around the virus has changed throughout the course of the pandemic; please note the dates at the top of each article and seek the latest advice at gov.uk/coronavirus.
This information was published on 30/3/2021.
- The NHS will contact you when it is your turn for a vaccination appointment. However, people with epilepsy can now, if they prefer, book their vaccination online at a larger vaccination centre or pharmacy
- People with epilepsy aged 16-65 are in priority group six for COVID-19 vaccination in the UK
- This includes both people with controlled and uncontrolled seizures
- If your doctor has said you are not eligible, we have a downloadable letter of support you can show them
- The vaccine is currently only being offered to those aged 16 and over
- Continue to follow the social distancing rules set out by the Government, even if you have been vaccinated. Remember 'Hands, Face, Space, Fresh Air'
- To talk our information through with someone, get in touch with our helpline team on 01494 601 400 or email email@example.com (open Mon - Fri 9-4pm and Weds 9-7.30pm)
Latest coronavirus information
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.
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