Car insurance warning issued to anyone getting covid vaccine amid rule confusion – Glasgow Live

People in Scotland are being urged to book their covid vaccine with Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, asking people to do the right thing.

Speaking at the Scottish Parliament yesterday (January 18) she stated that the latest available data shows that someone not fully vaccinated is at least four times more likely to require hospital treatment than someone who has had a booster or third dose.

And although being fully vaccinated does not eradicate the risk of contracting covid completely, it does reduce the symptoms, the chances of ending up in hospital as well as the reducing the risk of death.

In addition, it also reduces the risk of us passing it on to others.

She added: “Being fully vaccinated could, quite literally, save your own life – and it could save someone else’s life. If you choose – without good reason – not to be fully vaccinated, you are putting your own and others’ lives at unnecessary risk.”

But as people come forward for their jab, they have been warned to take caution amid an insurance warning.

As reported by WalesOnline, individuals who have had the vaccine were previously asked to wait 15 minutes in a dedicated seating area or in their car before leaving the vaccine centre.

This was scrapped in some areas in order to allow more people through the doors and thus increasing the number of people being vaccinated per day.

Now motoring experts have warned drivers not to take this as permission to get straight behind the wheel as it could invalidate their insurance if they then have an accident.

Duncan McClure Fisher from leading motoring association MotorEasy said: “The official advice is to still wait 15 minutes after having the booster jab before driving but this may have been somewhat lost in the background noise of the observation period being scrapped.

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“Scientific studies have shown the level of serious allergic reactions to the vaccines is low, but there are some more common side effects such as fatigue, nausea, a sore arm and headaches.

“All of these could affect your ability to drive and if you had an accident, that has the potential to cause problems with insurance and could leave you seriously out of pocket.

If the matter escalates to court you would have to demonstrate that the booster and any related side effects were not responsible for the incident.”

A statement for the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), issued last month, read: “The temporary suspension is being made on the basis of clinical advice that maintaining the 15-minute rule would cause more harm than it can avert because removing it will significantly increase the number of people who can be vaccinated over a short period of time.”

The DHSC is still advising people to stay at the vaccination centre if they feel unwell, have someone with them if having the jab at home and not to drive for 15 minutes after receiving the needle.

MotorEasy’s Mr McClure Fisher added: “The booster campaign has been a huge success, especially since the emergence of the omicron variant at the end of last year and nothing should prevent people from having it if it’s something they want to do.

“What we would advise, though, is having some plans in place to make sure everything goes smoothly.

“Make sure you give yourself enough time to wait for 15 minutes after leaving the vaccination centre to make sure you feel okay. Covid booster doses now available to young people aged 16 and 17.

“That could mean paying for a bit longer in the car park or not booking work appointments straight afterwards.

“If you do experience any difficulties, follow the Government advice and don’t just drive off hoping for the best as it could be a very costly mistake.”