There is national guidance regarding the use of steroid injections alongside the COVID vaccine. This guidance has been read and interpreted alongside the evidence from the COVID vaccine trials. The current vaccines are provided in two doses, up to 12 weeks apart.
Steroids can interfere with the effectiveness of a vaccine, to what extent is not fully known. Given the scale and seriousness of the COVID pandemic, a cautious approach is being adopted throughout England. Our clinicians are therefore not routinely providing an injection in the immediate three weeks following a vaccine dose (both first and second).
If it is felt there is a clinical need to administer within this timeframe, your clinician will discuss the need with our Chief Medical Officer before administering to ensure it is clinically appropriate. 22-days (three weeks and one day) after a dose of COVID vaccine, you can receive a steroid injection as would be usual practice.
If you are booked in for a steroid injection, and are then called for your vaccine. Our advice is to always prioritise the vaccine and to inform us so that we can reschedule your appointment.
Given this is an ever changing topic, this guidance will be monitored, reviewed and updated regularly. Accurate as of February 2021.