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COVID vaccination – information and facts

Wondering about whether to have the COVID vaccine?

Louis Palmer
Louis Palmer, Chair of our BAME Network, said: ‘’Happy to be receiving my first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. Thank you to all of the RDaSH staff involved that have worked hard to provide an efficient and professional vaccination service. COVID-19 has had a disproportionate impact on BAME colleagues so it is very important that when offered we take the opportunity to protect ourselves and our loved ones.’’

Here you will find the facts about the vaccine and why it is important to have the vaccine when offered.

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, medical and scientific professionals have been working to develop a vaccine to help stop the spread of the virus. Happily, following extensive trials, two safe and effective vaccines for COVID-19 are now available to help protect you from the virus.

The vaccines have been through the same regulatory approval process as any medicines to ensure they meet strict safety standards and offer high levels of protection.

Over the last few weeks the NHS has prioritised those who are oldest and are most at risk.

The vaccine cannot give you COVID-19 infection, and will reduce your chance of becoming seriously ill.

Getting vaccinated only protects you from the virus and you will still need to follow:

For more information on the Covid-19 vaccine click here:  Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine – NHS (


We have information on Covid-19 and vaccinations in easy read here: Information on COVID-19 vaccination: easy-read guide

COVID-19 vaccination A guide for children and young people

Download the Vaccination guide for children and young people leaflet

Second-dose COVID-19 vaccination information 

A number of videos have been produced in range of different languages with information relating to the second dose of the COVID19 vaccine. You can watch the videos below:

Gujarati – Sister Aasiya Sheikh

Kannada – Dr Sharada Gudur

Telugu – Dr Saifuddin Shaik

Malayalam – Dr Saleel Abdul Samad

Malayalam – Dr Pappachan Joseph

Arabic – Dr Mostafa Negmeldin

Punjabi – Dr Munish Batra

Urdu – Dr Mohammed Munavvar

Tamil – Dr Chera Arunachalam

Polish – Dr Joanna Czechowska


For our BAME colleagues, there are some really useful videos about the Covid-19 vaccination in a range of languages here:

Campaigns and toolkits – Birmingham and Solihull CCG

Below you can find some information on vaccinations in relation to specific health conditions:

Below is some information on what to expect after your COVID-19 vaccination and a guide for older adults:

Full details are also here:

For information on the COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting see leaflet here:

Frequently Asked Questions

Follow this link to read the Frequently Asked Questions about the COVID vaccine

Frequently Asked Questions – June 2021

Frequently Asked Questions – 14 February 2021

Frequently asked questions – 9 February 2021

Frequently Asked Questions – 2 February 2021

Frequently Asked Questions – 29 January 2021

Frequently Asked Questions – 22 January 2021

Why you have to wait for your COVID-19 vaccine – GOV.UK (

FAQs on second doses:

COVID-19 vaccine – busting the myths

We will be updating this section with the common myths which are circulating about the vaccine:

Use of human and animal products in vaccines – GOV.UK (

COVID conspiracy theory myth busting

Like to know more? Then the videos below offer lots of information about the vaccine.

There is also a playlist on YouTube with a whole host of videos from Public Health England. simply click here or see the summaries below:

Explainer videos summary doc – Anthony Harnden

Explainer videos summary doc – Gayatri Amirthalingam

Explainer videos summary doc – Julie Yates

Explainer videos summary doc – Kevin Brown

Explainer videos summary doc – Mary Ramsay

Explainer videos summary doc – Shriti Pattani

Explainer videos summary doc – Wei Shen Lim


This video focuses on how COVID-19 has disproportionately affected people from black and Asian ethnic minority backgrounds. Public Health England’s Dr Mary Ramsay explains why it’s important that the COVID-19 vaccination programme is as accessible as possible.


The second video confirms that the two COVID-19 vaccines that we currently have access to in the UK do not contain any pork products.


The video below explains how we know the vaccines are safe. Just like all other vaccines, the COVID-19 vaccines have been extensively tested. Find out more about the vaccine at


Wondering how vaccines work? Dr Mary Ramsay, explains. Find out more about the COVID19 vaccine at:


You might have heard the term ‘mRNA vaccine’ recently. This video explains what this means and how mRNA vaccines work. Find out more:


If you have received a Covid vaccine you must still continue to follow national guidance: Stay at home unless for specific exceptions, wash your hands regularly, wear a face covering where appropriate and keep your social distance.


BBC Video Content

Brand new BBC video content in 5 South Asian languages now available. See links below.


Public Health England in collaboration with Equally Well UK and NHS England, including GP professionals and Expert by Experience have developed a series of short videos on COVID-19 vaccination to support and encourage people with Severe Mental Illness (SMI) to get their COVID-19 vaccines, and for promotion with GPs and healthcare professionals. You can view the videos below. is a website designed to support the public in making their decisions about having a COVID-19 vaccine. It has been developed by independent experts to address the most common questions raised by the public and seeks not just to present the facts, but ‘have a conversation’. The team behind the site believes that having a vaccine is a choice and that the public should be provided with the information it needs to make an informed decision