Wondering about whether to have the COVID vaccine?
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:
- Practice social distancing
- Wear a face mask
- Wash your hands carefully and frequently
- Follow the current guidance: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
For more information on the Covid-19 vaccine click here: Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine – NHS (www.nhs.uk)
We have information on Covid-19 and vaccinations in easy read here: Information on COVID-19 vaccination: easy-read guide
For our BAME colleagues, there are some really useful videos about the Covid-19 vaccination in a range of languages here:
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: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/
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
COVID-19 vaccine – busting the myths
We will be updating this section with the common myths which are circulating about the vaccine:
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:
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 http://nhs.uk/covidvaccine
Wondering how vaccines work? Dr Mary Ramsay, explains. Find out more about the COVID19 vaccine at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/
You might have heard the term ‘mRNA vaccine’ recently. This video explains what this means and how mRNA vaccines work. Find out more: http://nhs.uk/covidvaccine
If you have received a Covid vaccine you must still continue to follow national guidance: https://gov.uk/coronavirus 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.
- Lockdown Mental Health Tips
- Vaccine Scams
- Lockdown rules explained
- Test and trace
- Vaccine explainer
- Vaccine Q&A
- Vaccine myths busting
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.
- Getting the COVID-19 vaccine: Personal experience guide for people with severe mental illness, Part 1: https://youtu.be/NBl4lhIPw2w
- Getting the COVID-19 vaccine: Personal experience guide for people with severe mental illness, Part 2: https://youtu.be/gYWAby0-tEw
- COVID-19 vaccination: A guide for GPs and teams to support people with severe mental illness: https://youtu.be/OusrDVmUDZg
Covidvaxfacts.info 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