MECC and COVID-19

Talking about having the COVID-19 vaccine resources

The South East Making Every Contact Count group have created two resources which can be used by anyone who may be talking with others about having the COVID-19 Vaccine:

  1. Talking about having the COVID-19 vaccine training video (11 minutes) – a short training video to support you in asking the right questions, keeping the conversation person-centred and focused on the benefits and motivation of having the vaccine.  It draws upon skills developed in MECC training. 
  2. Talking about having the COVID-19 vaccine: signposting to information pages – these pages provide links to information to help you in your role when talking about having the COVID-19 vaccine.  The links are grouped into sections to make it easier to find the relevant information for different conversations.  Each section has a brief description of the information provided and how it may be useful in your conversations.

Talking about having the COVID-19 vaccine: with links to more information and how it may help you with your conversations

This information is for anyone who is talking to others about having the vaccine. There is a short video with tips on having these talks here

We have produced a range of signposting information to help you in your role on talking about having the COVID-19 vaccine. Whilst we have made the effort to keep the information updated, it is always good practice to go to the source of that knowledge to ensure it is up to date. If there is any part of this document that needs updating or correcting, please let us know from the Get in contact page.  These links are to trusted websites.  It will be checked regularly and updates added.

About vaccines

Information on what vaccines are, their safety and effectiveness.

Useful for learning about COVID-19 vaccines, safety, effectiveness and how they work. This may help to address concerns.

COVID-19 vaccine communication materials – NHS London

How safe is the COVID-19 vaccine?

How to make a vaccine in record time – a short video on how the Oxford vaccine was able to be developed so quickly

We’ve made a vaccine, now you can make the difference – a short video explaining that if people choose to be vaccinated they will have an impact on the vaccine’s success against COVID-19.

COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting

How effective is the COVID-19 vaccine?

COVID-19 Vaccination – Imam Monawar Hussain, OUH Muslim Chaplain

Faith Leader for COVID-19 Vaccination – Imam Monawar Hussain

Vaccine information in community languages

How do vaccines work? – detailed articles from WHO (World Health Organization)

Herd immunity or herd protection

A short, easy to understand video explaining how having the vaccine affects herd immunity.

Useful for explaining the benefits of being vaccinated, including protecting those who can’t have the vaccine such as babies or people who are too sick to be vaccinated. This may help to increase motivation to have the vaccine.

How does herd immunity work?

How effective is the COVID-19 vaccine?

Information on the effectiveness of the vaccines and why it’s important to continue to follow social distancing and face mask guidance.

Useful for helping people understand how effective the vaccines are.

How effective is the Covid 19 vaccine?

The importance of continuing to follow social distancing guidance.

We’ve made a vaccine, now you can make the difference– a short video explaining that if people choose to be vaccinated they will influence the vaccine’s success against COVID-19.

How, when and who can get the vaccination?

Includes information on health conditions and what happens at the appointment.

Useful for finding out who can get the vaccine and what the process is so people know what to expect.

Who can get the vaccine?

Health conditions and the vaccine

How to get the vaccine and how you will be contacted

What happens at your appointment

Not registered with a GP?

Useful for knowing how to register with a GP and that you can register without proof address, immigration status, ID or NHS number.

Anyone in England can register with a GP surgery.

You do not need proof of address or immigration status, ID or an NHS number.

You might be able to register with a GP surgery that’s not in the area where you live. 

How to register with a GP surgery

After Vaccination

Information about side effects, what you can do afterwards and the next dose.

Useful for knowing what to expect after the vaccination.

Coronavirus vaccination: what to expect after vaccination – available in the following languages: AlbanianAmharicArabicBengaliBulgarianChineseEstonianGreekGujaratiHindiKurdishLatvianLithuanianPanjabiPolishPortuguese BrazilianRussianTwiUkrainian and Urdu.

What should we do after the vaccine? – NHS short videos explaining why everyone should continue to follow COVID-19 rules even after having the vaccine. Available in the following languages:

Albanian, English, Kurdish, Romanian, Urdu, Arabic, Farsi, Nepali, Somali, Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi, Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Polish, Tagalog

Faith

Information from a variety of faith associations and faith leaders on COVID-19 vaccines, testing and advice on practicing faith safely during COVID-19.

Useful for confirming that vaccines and COVID-19 guidelines are supported by different faiths.

British Islamic Medical Association’s COVID-19 vaccine statement and many other useful resources including infographics and further guidance e.g. lateral flow and PCR tests.

• Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, has issued a video which can be viewed here

• Faith leaders from the Church of England, Anglican, Methodist, Salvation Army, Baptist, Pentecostal, Evangelical and black majority churches have pledged their support to the ‘Give Hope’ campaign which aims to share information about the COVID-19 vaccine and dispel any misinformation. The Give Hope campaign can be found here.

COVID-19 Vaccination – Imam Monawar Hussain, OUH Muslim Chaplain

Faith Leader for COVID-19 Vaccination – Imam Monawar Hussain

Migrants and Travellers

For information including that there are no charges for testing, treatment and vaccination and accessing Covid-19 vaccination without an NHS number – also translated into 40 different languages.

Useful for explaining there will be no charges and that the Covid-19 health care can be accessed without an NHS number which may help to clarify misinformation and overcome barriers

Covid-19: migrant health guide – For translated guidance on no charges, click on this link which will take you to the migrant health guide, then scroll down to COVID-19 translated advice and guidance and click on the link there

COVID-19 Migrant Information Service, from The International Organization for Migration, provides information to migrants living in the UK about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the various ways the virus and the associated government responses could affect their lives. 

Other languages

Some general information on COVID-19 vaccine, useful for people whose first language is not English.

COVID-19 vaccine communication materials – NHS London – videos in the following languages:

Arabic, Polish, Swahili, Bengali, Punjabi, Tibetan, Gujarati, Romanian, Turkish, Igbo, Somali, Urdu, Nepali, Spanish, Yoruba

Arabic from Dr Kamel Ait Tahar

Farsi from Dr Hosnieh Djafari-Marbini

Hindi from Dr Gian Gopal

Punjabi from Zaheer Qureshi

Tetum from Dr Emma Sidebottom

Nisha Vaccine Message in Nepali

Cllr Gul Khan – Covid 19 vaccine message in Urdu

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Information on the COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Useful for helping to decide whether to have the COVID-19 vaccine in pregnancy or whilst breastfeeding.

A guide for all women of childbearing age, pregnant or breastfeeding in the following languages:

Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, Farsi, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Kurdish, Nepali, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu

Frequently asked questions about fertility and pregnancy

Pregnancy and coronavirus

Updated information leaflet and decision guide (scroll to Resources and FAQs section) – from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Royal College of Midwives.

Fertility

Information on the COVID-19 vaccine and fertility.

Useful for finding information on whether the COVID-19 vaccines affect fertility.

Frequently asked questions about fertility and pregnancy

Factsheet: COVID-19 vaccines and your fertility

Public Health England – short video on fertility

Easy Read

Information on COVID-19 vaccine in easy read format.

Useful for people who want information on the COVID-19 vaccine in easy read format.

COVID-19 vaccination easy read leaflets – government information on the following:

• Information on the COVID-19 vaccination

• What to expect after COVID-19 vaccination

• COVID-19 vaccination for women who might get pregnant, who are pregnant or are breastfeeding their baby

• Guide for older adults

• COVID-19 vaccination: easy-read consent form for adults

People with learning disabilities and autism

Short videos on the COVID-19 vaccine for people with learning disabilities and autism.

Useful for helping people with learning disabilities and autism to understand the COVID-19 vaccines.

The short videos below can be found on the Learning disability and autism pages of the NHS England website

• Information about vaccines: for people with a learning disability or autism

• Information about the Coronavirus vaccine: for people with a learning disability or autism

• Information from the Easy Read section may also be useful

British Sign Language

Short videos in British Sign Language on the COVID-19 vaccine, what to expect after vaccination, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and consent forms.

Useful for people who would like information in British Sign Language.

COVID-19 vaccination: British Sign Language resources – provided by Public Health England:

BSL video guide on COVID-19 vaccination for eligible adults

BSL video guide on COVID-19 for women of childbearing age, pregnant or breastfeeding

BSL video guide on what to expect after the COVID-19 vaccination

BSL video guide of the COVID-19  vaccination consent form for adults

Signhealth: The Deaf Health Charity

Coronavirus information

NHS 119 BSL

Younger people

Information about how COVID-19 and Long COVID can affect younger people. Also how choosing to have the vaccine can help protect younger people, new-born babies and others who can’t have the vaccine.

Useful for younger people to understand their COVID-19 risk and what they can do, the benefits of the vaccine for themselves and others.

Usamah’s personal story: Usamah, age 24 talks about his experience of contracting COVID-19

Post-COVID Syndrome (Long COVID)

Health conditions and the vaccine

Who can get the vaccine

How does herd immunity work? – a short easy to understand video explaining how having the vaccine affects herd immunity. It can also help to protect newborn babies and people who are unable to have the vaccine due to some health conditions

Older adults

Information on the vaccine for older adults and in different languages.

Useful for explaining the high risk of COVID-19 for older adults, and the need to continue to protect others by following guidelines.

COVID-19 vaccination: guide for adults – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) – information from Public Health England in the following languages:

Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, Farsi, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Kurdish, Nepali, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu

Coronavirus vaccines explained – information from Age UK covering the following questions:

· Is the vaccine safe?

· When will I get the vaccine?

· How can I get the vaccine?

· Where will I get the vaccine?

· What will happen at my appointment?

· What are the side effects of the vaccine?

· Why do I have to wait for my second dose?

· What happens after I’ve had my vaccination?

· What don’t we know about the vaccine yet?

· I have another question about vaccines

Why you are being asked to wait

Information on why some people have to wait for the vaccine.

Useful for understanding why people are being asked to wait, and why you may not be able to get the vaccine in your normal GP surgery due to different storage conditions needed for different vaccines.

Coronavirus vaccination: why you are being asked to wait – information from Public Health England in the following languages:

Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, Farsi, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Kurdish, Nepali, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu

Other information and FAQs

COVID-19 vaccine: frequently asked questions (FAQs) – information from NHS England and NHS Improvement.

COVID-19 vaccination: guide for healthcare workers – also available in other languages

How does herd immunity work? – a short video explaining how having the vaccine affects herd immunity

Making Every Contact Count training

Video messages from celebrities

Videos of celebrities encouraging people to have the vaccine when they are asked to.

Useful for information on the vaccine from familiar celebrities who may have an influence.

A Letter to Loved Ones about the COVID-19 vaccine – Sir Lenny Henry and others

Sir Elton John and Sir Michael Caine encourage people to get vaccinated against coronavirus

Nadiya, winner of the Great British Bake Off in 2015

Dr Saliha Mahmood Ahmed works for the NHS and won MasterChef in 2017. Her vaccination message focuses on the British Bangladeshi community.

Celebrities including Jim Broadbent and David Walliams have joined forces with the NHS in a new uplifting film

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