MEA Monthly Poll: Will you have the COVID-19 vaccine?

January 13, 2021

Russell Fleming, Content Manager, ME Association

The ME Association has been receiving an enormous number of queries from people with ME/CFS asking if they are going to be given high priority for the COVID-19 vaccine and whether it is safe to have any of the vaccines now available.

In response we have produced a comprehensive guide that aims to explain your vaccine options, your eligibility for a vaccine and that talks about the safety of these vaccines in relation to ME/CFS.

This is a free download from the COVID-19 literature section that can be located in the MEA website shop:

We have written to the Chief Medical Officer (Professor Chris Whitty) and the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) to ask for clarification as to where people with ME/CFS are on the JCVI vaccine priority list and we will let everyone know when we receive a reply:

The MEA Monthly Poll can be found in the right-hand margin of the website —>

We want to hear from you

We would like to hear from anyone with ME/CFS who has had a COVID-19 vaccine:

  • Why did you receive the vaccine at this time?
  • How did you feel after the inoculation?
  • Did you experience any discomfort?
  • Did you experience any side effects that might have included an exacerbation of your ME/CFS symptoms?

Most of the feedback we have received is coming from health workers with ME/CFS. None have regretted having the vaccine and most seem to be doing okay. But the numbers of people reporting their experiences to us is still quite small.

Some are reporting a temporary exacerbation of ME/CFS symptoms that tends to resolve within days. A few are reporting a more significant or persisting exacerbation of ME/CFS symptoms that resolve over a longer period.

There are no reports so far of any other side effects or serious side effects that are not related to ME/CFS. 

Please include your comments in any of the discussions on COVID-19 vaccines that are taking place on ME Association Facebook, or send them direct to the ME Association via email:

We would really value hearing from you.

Are you going to have a COVID-19 vaccine when it is made available to you?

  1. Yes – Definitely
  2. Yes – I have already been vaccinated
  3. Yes – Probably 
  4. Not sure – waiting for more information on possible side effects
  5. Not sure – waiting to see what happens to other people with ME/CFS who are vaccinated
  6. Probably not
  7. Definitely not

The MEA Monthly Poll can be found in the right-hand margin of the website —>

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