Coronavirus vaccine

Useful information

Picture of a man having the COVID-19 vaccination

The COVID-19 vaccine programme is well underway across Greater Manchester and the entire country.

The vaccine for COVID-19 prepares your body to fight off the disease if you are exposed to it. That’s why it is so important to have the vaccine when it’s your turn.

We understand that you may have questions specific to your own circumstances or background. In the first instance you should speak to your GP.

For the most up to date information your first port-of-call should be the government’s coronavirus webpages.

If you are looking for information online, please make sure it’s from a reputable source and think about where it has come from.

Sharing false information about the coronavirus can be dangerous, so please think before posting on social media. The Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sport has provide a useful ‘check before you share’ toolkit, it includes tips on spotting false information and how to critically look at online material.

You can find a selection of links to helpful information below. Please note, we are not responsible for their content and you should still seek professional expert advice if you have concerns.


Ramadan 2021

Ramadan

This year, Ramadan will be from 12/13 April to 12/13 May 2021 (depending on moon sightings). It is one of the holiest month of the Islamic lunar calendar.

With COVID- 19 lockdown easing still ongoing, 2021 Ramadan will be a very different experience for British Muslims. Whilst restrictions will be more relaxed compared to 2020, many of the usual practices normally observed such as going to the mosque for iftar and visiting friends and family indoors will sadly still not be possible this year.

The British Islamic Medical Association has produced Ramadan safety guidance, as well as an explanation of why having a vaccine does not invalidate the fast.


Carers

A person being taken out by a carer

Unpaid carers can have the COVID-19 vaccine if they are eligible for Carer’s Allowance, or are the sole or primary carer of an older or disabled person who is at increased risk of COVID-19 mortality – and therefore clinically vulnerable.

The Carer’s Trust has shared a set of frequently asked questions about the coronavirus vaccine for carers.

 


Disability

We know that people with learning disabilities have had a higher death rate from COVID-19 than other people.

That’s why it’s so important that if you have a learning disability you have the COVID-19 vaccine, and if you care for someone with a learning disability make sure they have had the jab.

Pathways Associates are sharing video updates everyday (Monday-Friday) to make sure people have accessible, accurate and up to date information about COVID-19.

Mencap has gathered together information about

COVID-19 vaccinations and created useful easy read guides

SCOPE has also compiled a useful selection of advice, including directions to support, for people who live with both physical and learning disabilities.


Pregnancy and maternity

If you’re pregnant, you may be unsure how coronavirus could affect you, your baby and your pregnancy care.

It’s important to tell your midwife or maternity team if you have symptoms of coronavirus. You can ask them for help with any other concerns as you usually would.

Coronavirus advice for pregnant women


Race

vaccine syringe being filled

There is growing evidence that people from minority ethnic backgrounds are more likely to be hesitant in taking the COVID-19 vaccine.

Yet, we also know that many under-served communities have been disproportionally affected by the coronavirus pandemic. That’s why it’s essential everyone eligible makes sure they get the COVID-19 vaccination.

BHA (Black Health Agency) have shared details about the COVID-19 vaccination programme that addresses many of the misconceptions about the vaccine and its development.

The Caribbean and African Health Network has produced useful resources, including videos.

The African Caribbean Care Group are also providing up to the minute COVID-19 advice via their Facebook page.

And Doctors of the World have produced coronavirus information leaflets and videos in a number of languages, these can be downloaded and shared.

We want everyone to be vaccinated. Please note the vaccine is free, regardless of a person’s immigration status. The government has also confirmed that people living in the UK unlawfully won’t be risking deportation by coming forward for a coronavirus jab.


Religion or belief

Faith leaders across the country have been united in the call for their followers to make sure they get the coronavirus vaccine.

Please note there are no meat derivatives or porcine products, including gelatine, in the Pfizer BioNtech or AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines.

All ingredients are published on the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency’s website.

Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine information

Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine information

The Inter Faith Network has complied a list of faith organisations’ guidance on vaccines.

The British Islamic Medical Association have produced a resource to dispel myths about COVID-19 and the vaccine, these are available in 10 languages.

Your Neighbourhood, an organisation that works with a variety of Christian churches and denominations, has produced FAQs about the COVID-19 vaccine. These questions look at the concerns specific to a person of the Christian faith.


Sexual orientation

Contact the LGBT Foundation on 0345 3 30 30 30Although there is no evidence to suggest that lesbian, gay, bisexual, or trans (LGBT) people are inherently more likely to contract COVID-19 than other groups, a number of factors exist which may result in people from LGBT communities being more at risk of infection than the general population.

The LGBT Foundation has produced a detailed report, Why LGBT people are disproportionately impact by COVID-19.

The foundation has also shared guidance on ways to reduce health risks during sex.

 


Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

There are a number of organisations who are providing specialist advice and support for the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community during this period.

Friends, Families and Travellers has produced various resources to support the Gypsy and Traveller community.

Traveller Movement has a page of resources covering education, welfare, domestic abuse and housing.

Traveller Pride provide resources and information for LGBT+ travellers.

And the Roma Support Group has also produced a range of helpful resources.


People experiencing homelessness

Many people who are experiencing homelessness or sleeping rough are likely to have underlying health conditions which would place them in a one of the COVID-19 vaccination priority groups (Cohort 6).

People experiencing homelessness can be offered the vaccine without the need for an NHS number or GP registration.

National charity Homeless Link has produced a collection of COVID-19 vaccine resources for both frontline workers and people experiencing homelessness.

Groundswell has shared information and advice about the COVID-19 vaccine for people experiencing homelessness.

 

 

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