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Dr Mary Ramsay


COVID-19 vaccination explainer videos - Mary Ramsay

Dr. Mary Ramsay is the head of Immunisation at Public Health England. You can find out more about the programme on GOV.UK - COVID-19 vaccination programme.

View COVID-19 vaccine explainer videos on YouTube by- Dr Mary Ramsay

How did we develop a COVID-19 vaccine so quickly?

Who is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in the UK and how are the priority groups decided?

Visit the NHS Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines.

COVID-19: What are the risk factors?

To read about the risk factors and prioritisation of the COVID vaccination visit GOV.UK - Priority groups for coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination: advice from the JCVI, 30 December 2020.

COVID-19 vaccination - protecting care homes and social care staff

What role does vaccination play in helping to end the pandemic?

You can find out more about the COVID-19 vaccination on GOV.UK - COVID-19: the green book, chapter 14a and more about the programme on GOV.UK - COVID-19 vaccination programme.

How the COVID-19 vaccination roll out is taking place

COVID-19 Where are we going to vaccinate people?

Why are frontline healthcare workers one of the first groups to be vaccinated in the UK?

What are the easiest ways to get vaccinated?

What should I do if I missed my vaccination appointment?

Eligible people will be invited by letter. Wait until you receive yours.

If you miss your first or second appointment, contact the number or site that you used to get the first appointment and arrange another one. It is important to have your two doses, even if it has been more than 12 weeks. Speak to your GP or vaccination appointment provider.

How important is it to have two doses of the vaccine?

This video was produced before data for both vaccines currently offered (at time of publication - other vaccines are expected) showing that good protection is offered by the first dose, but the second dose offers longer-lasting protection.

For more information visit the NHS Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines.

Should I still follow the guidance after I have had 2 doses of vaccine?

This video explains that although the vaccines show extremely good protection, no vaccine is 100% effective and that it is possible to still get COVID-19 infection or pass it on despite having two doses of vaccine.

It is still not yet known whether the vaccine can stop the transmission of the virus to others.

It reminds all vaccinated people to still wash their hands, wear their masks and keep social distancing. #handsfacespace

Follow current guidance on protecting yourself from COVID-19 at GOV.UK - Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread.

How a vaccine works

This video explains how a vaccine works to protect us from a virus. For more information visit the NHS Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines.

How do I know it is safe?

This video explains how the COVID-19 vaccine is extensively tested in the same manner as all other vaccines and medical products, with the normal safety procedures. It also explains how new vaccines are monitored for future safety.

It also explains about the common mild side effects of the vaccine.

To read more about what to expect after your COVID-19 vaccination visit GOV.UK - what to expect after vaccination.

To find out more about the COVID-19 vaccination programme visit GOV.UK - COVID-19 vaccination programme or the NHS Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination.

How important is it for people from deprived or minority backgrounds to get the vaccine?

This video explains how the JCVI looked at the risk factors and decided how people with certain conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and sickle cell disease are more at risk. It asks that everyone eligible who is invited come forward and get vaccinated and benefit from the protection that it provides.

What is an mRNA vaccine and how does it work?

This video explains how an mRNA vaccine works, including what an mRNA vaccine contains and how this is taken up by the body's cells to make a protein.

The video also explains what happens after that protein is made and how it works like any other vaccine to stimulate the immune system into make a response, ensuring that you are protected against the virus.

Do the vaccines contain any pork products?

This video explains that the two vaccines that we have in the current national COVID-19 vaccination programme do not contain any pork or porcine products and that they should be acceptable to any religious communities who avoid porcine products.

This is very important as these communities can be at higher risk of COVID-19, so it is hoped that this is very reassuring and will be shared widely.

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