The NHS are currently offering the vaccine to those most at risk from coronavirus, before rolling out more widely. In England, the vaccine is being offered in some hospitals and pharmacies, at hundreds of local vaccination centres run by GPs and at larger vaccination centres.

The order in which people are being offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), the priority list includes health & social care workers, and those who live or work in care homes (as well as people aged 80+, people who are clinically extremely vulnerable, and some people aged 70+. More information on priority groups can be found here.

On this page, you will find useful resources and events to share with colleagues, the local community, or those who have a general interest in the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Events:

On Wednesday 10th February (18:00 – 19:00), Professor Chris Whitty delivered a lecture on several aspects of the science and public debate about vaccines. This lecture was provided as part of the Gresham Lecture Series, Major Debates in Public Health. If you weren’t able to attend, or if you would like to re-watch and share the resource, then you can find a recording of the event here.

On Thursday 24th February, London South Bank University hosted an event on, “The COVID-19 Vaccine: Knowledge, Myths & Experience”. You can watch a recording of the event here.

Resources:

The British Society for Immunology have published an excellent guide to vaccinations. This includes information on why vaccines are important, what a COVID vaccine is, what the safety processes and checks are for the vaccine as well as vaccine effectiveness. The guide reiterates the important message that “by getting vaccinated, you’re not only protecting yourself, but you are also protecting the most vulnerable in your community.”

RCN Magazines has an insightful interview with James Savage, a mental health student nurse, about getting the COVID vaccine and staying positive in difficult times.

Members of Parliament from across the House of Commons have come together to encourage individuals to take the vaccine. Black MPs from the Conservatives and Labour have shared an important message – if you are invited by the NHS to take the vaccine, please take it. You can watch the video below:

 

BBC News have a short video explaining “How does a vaccine get approved?” (11 January 2021). The video explains the process of vaccine approval and provides useful information on the safety checks and reassurance measures for the COVID vaccine.

BME London explains why they are saying yes to the vaccine.

Public Health England have produced multiple informative leaflets regarding the vaccination programme. These include a specific guide for adults, and a specific guide for healthcare workers.

The Council of Deans of Health have compiled a useful set of resources on vaccinations – this includes NMC guidance and clarity that there is no evidence that the coronavirus vaccine has an impact on fertility.

It is important to ensure that accurate and correct information is circulated regarding the vaccine. There have been examples of misinformation being spread when it comes to the COVID-19 vaccine and the BBC Reality Check has debunked some of these myths in this handy article, vaccine rumours debunked.

Professor Sophie Harman (Queen Mary, University of London) discusses Global Health Security and Pandemics in relation to COVID-19 with the Mile End Institute (November 2020). Watch the video below:

 

Further updated information on the coronavirus vaccine can be found on the NHS website.