Information and resources in alternative formats and languages
Key messages for everyone
- Vaccines are the way out of this pandemic. An effective vaccine is the best way to protect people from coronavirus.
- Following extensive safety trials and authorisation by the independent regulator, the MHRA, effective Covid-19 vaccines are available in the UK for free.
- The NHS will contact people in the priority groups when it is their turn to receive the vaccine. People are being called forward who meet the criteria based on the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation’s recommendations.
- The vaccine cannot give you the Covid-19 infection, and it will reduce your chance of becoming seriously ill.
- Like all medicines, vaccines can cause side effects. Most of these are mild and short term, and not everyone gets them.
- The most common side effects include:
- a painful, heavy feeling and tenderness in the arm where you had your injection
- feeling tired, general aches, or mild flu like symptoms
- a headache
- The public have an important part to play:
- please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, the NHS will contact you
- when we do contact you, please attend your booked appointments
- please continue to follow all the guidance to control the virus and save lives
- Whether or not you have had the vaccine you still need to:
- practice social distancing
- wear a face mask
- wash your hands carefully and frequently
- follow the current guidance
- Find out how to get tested
- Mencap has created a series of easy-read guides for people with a learning disability to explain the latest lockdown rules and how to keep safe and well during the coronavirus outbreak, including guidance on social distancing and face coverings.
- The Keepsafe website has easy-read information about the vaccine, what to expect after the vaccine and information for women who might get pregnant or are breastfeeding.
- Gov.UK information for women who might get pregnant or are breastfeeding
- The Gov.UK website included easy-read information and videos, about:
- Vaccine questions
- Getting the vaccine
- Worries and concerns
- and a vaccination guide for older adults
Information in other languages
This section contains information for taking a swab sample for a coronavirus test in all the languages below, and posters (in many, but not all languages) which include; financial help if you are self-isolating, know the symptoms, face coverings, limiting contact and what is contacting tracing?
Here are some useful toolkits which include links to documents and videos in alternative formats and languages: