1. What COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca is and what it is used for
COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca is a vaccine used to protect people aged 18 years and older against
COVID-19 is caused by a virus called coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).
COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca stimulates the body’s natural defences (immune system). It causes
the body to produce its own protection (antibodies) against the virus. This will help to protect you
against COVID-19 in the future. None of the ingredients in this vaccine can cause COVID-19.
2. What you need to know before you receive COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca
Do not have the vaccine:
If you have ever had a severe allergic reaction to any of the active substances or any of the other
ingredients listed in section 6. Signs of an allergic reaction may include itchy skin rash,
shortness of breath and swelling of the face or tongue. Contact your doctor or healthcare
professional immediately or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away if you have
an allergic reaction. It can be life-threatening.
If you are not sure, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.
Warnings and precautions
Tell your doctor, pharmacist or nurse before vaccination:
If you have ever had a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) after any other vaccine injection;
If you currently have a severe infection with a high temperature (over 38°C).
However, a mild fever or infection, like a cold, are not reasons to delay vaccination;
If you have a problem with bleeding or bruising, or if you are taking a blood thinning medicine
If your immune system does not work properly (immunodeficiency) or you are taking medicines
that weaken the immune system (such as high-dose corticosteroids, immunosuppressants or
If you are not sure if any of the above applies to you, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse before
you are given the vaccine.
As with any vaccine, COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca may not protect everyone who is vaccinated
from COVID-19. It is not yet known how long people who receive the vaccine will be protected for.
No data are currently available in individuals with a weakened immune system or who are taking
chronic treatment that suppresses or prevents immune responses.
Children and adolescents
No data are currently available on the use of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca in children and
adolescents younger than 18 years of age.
Other medicines and COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca
Tell your doctor, pharmacist or nurse if you are taking, have recently taken or might take, any other
medicines or vaccines.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, think you may be pregnant, or are planning to have a baby, tell
your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. There are limited data on the use of COVID-19 Vaccine
AstraZeneca in pregnant or breastfeeding women. Your doctor, pharmacist or nurse will discuss with
you whether you can be given the vaccine.
Driving and using machines
COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca has no known effect on the ability to drive and use machines.
However, side effects listed in section 4 may impact your ability to drive and use machines. If you feel
unwell, do not drive or use machines.
COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca contains sodium and alcohol (ethanol)
This medicine contains less than 1 mmol sodium (23 mg) per dose of 0.5 ml. This means that it is
This medicine contains a very small amount of alcohol (0.002 mg of alcohol (ethanol) per dose of
0.5 ml). This is not enough to cause any noticeable effects.
3. How COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca is given
COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca is injected into a muscle (usually in the upper arm).
You will receive 2 injections. You will be told when you need to return for your second injection
of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca.
The second injection can be given between 4 and 12 weeks after the first injection.
When COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca is given for the first injection, COVID-19 Vaccine
AstraZeneca (and not another vaccine against COVID-19) should be given for the second injection to
complete vaccination course.
If you miss your second injection
If you forget to go back at the scheduled time, ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse for advice. It is
important that you return for your second injection of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca.
4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this vaccine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. In clinical
studies with the vaccine, most side effects were mild to moderate in nature and resolved within a few
days with some still present a week after vaccination.
If side effects such as pain and/or fever are troublesome, medicines containing paracetamol can be
Side effects that occurred during clinical trials with COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca were as follows:
Very Common (may affect more than 1 in 10 people)
tenderness, pain, warmth, redness, itching, swelling or bruising where the injection is given
generally feeling unwell
feeling tired (fatigue)
chills or feeling feverish
feeling sick (nausea)
joint pain or muscle ache
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)
a lump at the injection site
being sick (vomiting)
flu-like symptoms, such as high temperature, sore throat, runny nose, cough and chills
Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)
enlarged lymph nodes
excessive sweating, itchy skin or rash
In clinical trials there were very rare reports of events associated with inflammation of the nervous
system, which may cause numbness, pins and needles, and/or loss of feeling. However, it is not
confirmed whether these events were due to the vaccine.
If you notice any side effects not mentioned in this leaflet, please inform your doctor, pharmacist or
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible
side effects not listed in this leaflet.
If you are concerned about a side-effect it can be reported directly via the Coronavirus Yellow Card
reporting site https://coronavirus-yellowcard.mhra.gov.uk/ or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the
Google Play or Apple App Store and include the vaccine brand and batch/Lot number if available.
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this vaccine.
5. How to store COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Your doctor, pharmacist or nurse is responsible for storing this vaccine and disposing of any unused
Do not use COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca after the expiry date which is stated on the carton. The
expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Store in a refrigerator (2°C to 8°C).
Do not freeze.
Keep vials in outer carton to protect from light.
The vaccine does not contain any preservative and should be administered by a healthcare
professional. After the first dose is withdrawn, the vaccine should be used as soon as practically
possible and within 6 hours. During use it can be stored from 2°C to 25°C.
COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca contains genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Any unused
vaccine or waste material should be disposed of in accordance with local requirements. Spills should
be disinfected with an appropriate antiviral disinfectant.
6. Contents of the pack and other information
What COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca contains
One dose (0.5 ml) contains:
COVID-19 Vaccine (ChAdOx1-S*
recombinant) 5 × 1010 viral particles *
Recombinant, replication-deficient chimpanzee adenovirus vector encoding the SARS-CoV-2 Spike
glycoprotein. Produced in genetically modified human embryonic kidney (HEK) 293 cells.
This product contains genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
The other excipients are L-histidine, L-histidine hydrochloride monohydrate, magnesium chloride
hexahydrate, polysorbate 80, ethanol, sucrose, sodium chloride, disodium edetate dihydrate, water for
What COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca looks like and contents of the pack
Solution for injection. The solution is colourless to slightly brown, clear to slightly opaque and particle
Pack sizes (not all pack sizes may be marketed):
10 dose vial (5 ml) in packs of 10 vials.
8 dose vial (4 ml) in packs of 10 vials.
MedImmune UK Ltd
6 Renaissance Way
Liverpool, L24 9JW
MedImmune Pharma B.V., Nijmegen
For any information about this medicine, please contact:
AstraZeneca UK Ltd
1. What COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca is and what it is used for