Covid Vaccination Resources

The resources below include Frequently Asked Questions about the Covid19 vaccine, general information on how vaccines work, translated leaflets, short video resources, and a Vaccine Engagement pack with links to a number surveys and an anecdotal feedback form. Let me know if there is anything missing that you’d like to see here – catherine.bann@vsialliance.org.uk.

Calderdale NHS website Covid Vaccine FAQs (regularly updated with new info)

COVID-19 vaccination engagement resource pack – Calderdale

Useful resources on vaccines, including how to have constructive conversations with concerned people here at the British Immunology website

Info on vaccination programme in Calderdale

Vaccine Information Key Facts

What’s in the Covid-19 vaccines

Blood Clotting and the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine: Leaflet from Public Health England, and new guidance on the use of the vaccine in younger cohorts

Translated vaccine resources from Public Health England and Translated vaccine resources from Doctors of the World

Confirmation from the Vegetarian Society that there are no animal products in any of the vaccines licensed so far:   https://vegsoc.org/lifestyle/covid-19-vaccines/

And from the NHS, confirming they contain no egg or animal products:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/

A really clear and detailed report on the ingredients in the current vaccines, from Oxford University:

https://vk.ovg.ox.ac.uk/vk/vaccine-ingredients

A useful myth-busting page from the British Islamic Medical Association

https://britishima.org/operation-vaccination/hub/covidmyths/

A great video for Muslims on how to celebrate Ramadan safely in covid times: https://youtu.be/Yb5yT3AUwoI

A detailed but very readable article about how the Astra-Zeneca vaccine works

Fertility 

Rumours that vaccination could affect fertility were mentioned as a possible reason for some women of child-bearing age refusing vaccination. Some vaccines used to contain a mercury-based preservative, known as Thiomersal, but this was discontinued in 2005, except for the Swine Flu vaccine. The form of mercury in Thiomersal is ethyl-mercury, which has not been shown to have any effect on fertility, whereas methyl-mercury, which builds up in the flesh of oily fish, may do.

This discussion seems to point to the origin of these rumours and can be used to give reassurance:  https://www.webmd.com/vaccines/covid-19-vaccine/news/20210112/why-covid-vaccines-are-falsely-linked-to-infertility

Calderdale NHS has published info on Covid vaccine and fertility in lots of community languages here: COVID-19 vaccines and fertility | Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) (calderdaleccg.nhs.uk)

Advice for pregnant women regarding the Covid vaccine: see RCOG Infosheet and decision aid, and other useful documents, on the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Vaccination page.