The following outlines the key messages on the coronavirus vaccine, regarding how it will be made available, its safety and effectiveness.
The information is correct at the time of posting.
Key patient messages
- Please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine; they will contact you.
- When the NHS contacts you, please attend your vaccination appointments.
- Please continue to follow all the guidance to control the spread of the virus and save lives.
FAQs for patients
How will patients be invited for a vaccination?
When it is the right time people will receive an invitation to come forward. For most people this will be in the form of a letter either from their GP or the national booking system; this will include all the information they need, including their NHS number.
We know lots of people will be eager to get protected but we are asking people not to contact the NHS to get an appointment until they get their letter.
Is the NHS confident the vaccine is safe?
Yes. The NHS will not offer any Covid-19 vaccinations to the public until experts have signed off that it is safe to do so. The MHRA, the official UK regulator, have said this vaccine is very safe and highly effective, and we have full confidence in their expert judgement and processes.
As with any medicine, vaccines are highly regulated products. There are checks at every stage in the development and manufacturing process, and continued monitoring once it has been authorised and is being used in the wider population.
How long does the vaccine take to become effective?
The COVID-19 vaccination will reduce the chance of your suffering from COVID-19 disease. You may not be protected until at least seven days after your second dose of the vaccine.
Why is it important to get your COVID-19 vaccination?
If you’re a frontline worker in the NHS, you are more likely to be exposed to COVID-19 at work.
Getting your COVID-19 vaccination as soon as you can, should protect you and may help to protect your family and those you care for.
The COVID-19 vaccine should help reduce the rates of serious illness and save lives and will therefore reduce pressure on the NHS and social care services.
Is the vaccine vegan/vegetarian friendly?
Yes, the Pfizer vaccine does not contain any meat derivatives or porcine products.
If, and when, further vaccines are approved we will publish information about known allergens or ingredients that are important for certain faiths, cultures and beliefs.
Who cannot have the vaccine?
The COVID-19 vaccination is not recommended for women who are pregnant.
People who are suffering from a fever-type illness should also postpone having the vaccine until they have recovered.
How effective is the COVID-19 vaccine?
This is all included in the information published by the MHRA, and Public Health England will also be publishing more resources for patients and professionals. People can be assured the NHS will ensure that they have all the necessary information on those vaccines that are approved by the MHRA before they attend for their vaccination.
Is the NHS confident the vaccine will be safe?
Yes. The NHS would not offer any COVID-19 vaccinations to the public until it is safe to do so. The MHRA, the official UK regulator authorising licensed use of medicines and vaccines by healthcare professionals, has made this decision, and we have full confidence in their expert judgement and processes.
As with any medicine, vaccines are highly regulated products. There are checks at every stage in the development and manufacturing process.
What is the evidence to show the vaccine is safe for BAME communities?
The phase three study of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine demonstrated a vaccine efficacy of 95%, with consistent efficacy across age, gender and ethnicity. Overall, among the participants who received the COVID-19 vaccine 82.1% were White, 9.6% were Black or African American, 26.1% were Hispanic/Latino, 4.3% were Asian and 0.7% were Native American/Alaskan.
I’m currently ill with COVID-19, can I get the vaccine?
People currently unwell and experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should not receive the COVID-19 vaccine until they have recovered.
Do people who have already had COVID-19 get vaccinated?
Yes, they should get vaccinated. There is no evidence of any safety concerns from vaccinating individuals with a past history of COVID-19 infection, or with detectable COVID-19 antibody, so people who have had COVID-19 disease (whether confirmed or suspected) can still receive the COVID-19 vaccine when it is their time to do so.
Are there any known or anticipated side effects?
Like all medicines, vaccines can cause side effects. Most of these are mild and short-term, and not everyone gets them. Even if you do have symptoms after the first dose, you still need to have the second dose. You may not be protected until at least seven days after your second dose of the vaccine.
Very common side effects include:
- Having a painful, heavy feeling and tenderness in the arm where you had your injection. This tends to be worst around 1-2 days after the vaccine
- Feeling tired
- General aches, or mild flu like symptoms
As with all vaccines, appropriate treatment and care will be available in case of a rare anaphylactic event following administration.
How many doses of the vaccine will be required and when?
You are required to have two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, 21 days apart. You may not be protected until at least seven days after your second dose of vaccine.
I have had my flu vaccine, do I need the COVID-19 vaccine as well?
The flu vaccine does not protect you from COVID-19. As you are eligible for both vaccines you should have them both, but normally separated by at least a week.
Will the COVID-19 vaccine protect me from flu?
No, the COVID-19 vaccine will not protect you against the flu. If you have been offered a flu vaccine, please try to have this as soon as possible to help protect you, your family and patients from flu this winter.
A very thorough document on Covid Champions, what they do and plenty of useful information on what is coronavirus, how it works, how it is spread, safety measures and helpful links.
How does Covid Champions work?
Understanding Coronavirus and the disease it causes helps make sense of all the rules and laws about COVID. It can cut through the confusion. The rules may change, but the virus doesn’t.
We aim to give Covid Champions the latest information about Covid-19.
Champions share this information with anyone in their community, however they want, with their friends, their family, people they work with – anybody – when they are chatting, or on social media.
Champions let us know what is and what isn’t working. You can help us to make sure people are getting the information they need, in a way that makes sense, to protect themselves and people they care about. You can help us get this right.
Champions have access to updates and advice as and when they need it, through regular support meetings.
By a wider understanding of this disease, we can use that knowledge to protect ourselves, our families, friends and workmates. We are not powerless!
Any urgent questions?
Feel free to phone me and I will try and find an answer for you, if it can’t wait until the next support meeting.
Colin Hutchinson 07963 323082
We are pleased to offer 3 opportunities to take part in our Safe Online Training program. This programme is delivered by the Peace Museum, funded by the Home Office and free for participants. If you could please book on and also forward to others working in the community/ voluntary sector.
Sessions last 1 hour and are suitable for anyone working in the community.
You can choose any one of the following dates/times for the training:
- Monday 8 February 1pm to 2pm
- Friday 12 February 10am to 11am
- Friday 12 February 1pm to 2pm
Bookings for any of the training sessions can be made via the following link:
This training session explores false news and online propaganda. Together, we will explore how to tell if information online is suspect or distorts the truth, and what to do if you see online material that promotes extremism
The projects aim to equip you with the understanding of the difference between their traditional online safety learning, namely around online bullying and personal safety, and how the internet is used to spread extremist messaging.
For further information, please contact Jude Wright – firstname.lastname@example.org, 07968 165 744
The Peace Museum – 10 Piece Hall Yard, Bradford, BD1 1PJ, 01274 780 241
Thanks goes to Andy Sinclair for his persistence, bringing this to our attention.
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Who has stood out to you this year by making a real difference to local people? If you could send them a message what would you say?
We will be publishing Community Thank You Notes across North and East Halifax and the Lower Valley on our Community Blogs. Tell us who you would like to thank and we’ll pass the message on!
Residents of Brighouse Ward,
Calderdale Council is planning for the future as we recover from the impact of the covid-19 pandemic.
We want to hear you views about the future of your neighbourhoods, villages and towns. We want to hear how you see work, shopping, education and leisure in the future.
Join in the online Ward Forum!
Wednesday 3 February 2021
Zoom Meeting – 6.30pm start
All your thoughts will inform the planning that the Council is starting with businesses , health services, educational establishments and all our key partners, but most of all local people.
You are invited to participate in the next Brighouse Ward Forum which will be run online as a Zoom Meeting on the Wednesday 3 February 2021.
The agenda will also include : Ward Forum Grant fund, Police Update and Open Forum.
For further information and/or to express an interest in registering to attend, please contact:
Email: Mags.email@example.com or Phone 07748316867
We look forward to seeing you there
It is that time of year again where we are asking for you to undertake a short survey with the aim to get your views and feedback.
I know it has been a difficult year and you may have not worked for us in this time but North Halifax Partnership would really appreciate it if you could spare a couple of minutes to fill out our Partners Consultation 2021 via Google Forms as your feedback is really important to us. The link below will take you directly to the survey which consists of 8 questions:
Your feedback is greatly appreciated.
The Community Foundation for Calderdale is pleased to welcome Rachel Burnett and Amanda Lawson to the staff team who work to give out over £1 million worth of grants each year in addition to flood and Covid19 related grants.
Rachel Burnett is a Grants Officer with a strong background in the NHS, the third sector and grant making. She is responsible for supporting voluntary sector organisations to access grants, processing grant applications, assisting applications and project management of grant making.
Rachel explained, “As a Mum, I feel passionate about supporting our local community. I’m pleased that I am going to be doing something to make a difference to organisations who are making such a huge difference on the ground. It’s rewarding to be able to use my experience in grant making to help voluntary sector organisations to enable them to provide important services to help people in our community and it’s a privilege to facilitate that happening.”
Amanda Lawson is joining as Finance Manager and is responsible for leading the finance team managing the accounts, working closely with the grants team, and providing information for the Finance Committee and Board of Trustees. A Global Chartered Management Accountant with over 20 years’ experience in industries including engineering, manufacturing, financial services and NHS, she also holds the FMAAT qualification and has been a Trustee for a Pre-School and a Primary School Governor.
Amanda commented, “I’m relishing the opportunity to join the team and get involved in helping address issues that affect local people. It’s a pleasure to be working for an organisation who creates outcomes that make such a big difference in so many peoples’ lives.”
Steve Duncan, CEO of the Community Foundation added, “We certainly have been busy over the last 12 months, and we have some exciting plans for the next 12 months so we are delighted to have Rachel and Amanda joining our team and welcome them warmly.”
The Disability Unit at the Cabinet Office is developing a National Strategy for Disabled People. Publication is planned for Spring 2021.
To help the government with understanding the barriers that disabled people face and what it may need to focus upon to improve the lives of disabled people, we need to hear about your views and know more about your experiences.
This survey will ask about your life experiences either as a disabled person, a carer or parent or as someone who has an interest in disability issues.
It’s a REALLY important survey, to be completed by disabled people, carers of disabled people or those with knowledge and understanding of disabilities. It will help the government to know what help is best needed to support the disabled community.
The survey will be open until 23 April 2021. Responses received before 13 February 2021 will inform the development of the National Strategy, while those received after this date will be used to inform its delivery.
This form should take you around 20 to 30 minutes to complete and can be saved as you progress. You will be routed through the questionnaire based on the answers you provide.