An obstacle to completion of the vaccination programme are the apprehensions which some people manifest, and which have been termed, "vaccine hesitancy". In one example of the this, vaccinators elsewhere in the region found care home staff to be resistant to receiving the vaccine owing to genuinely held reservations about the effects of the vaccine on fertility.
Useful guidance from a number of sources has been produced for patients, frontline workers and vaccinators to promote understanding of the vaccine, vaccination and its effects.
The following guidance notes may help you make an informed choice.
- Guidance on public health messaging for communities from different cultural backgrounds (gov.uk)
- Rapid report on vaccine hesitancy (Co-produce Care)
- Workshop series for frontline workers from ethnic minority backgrounds (Co-produce Care)
- Information for ethnic communities about the vaccine (Co-produce Care)
- Coronavirus vaccines explained in five South Asian languages: Sylheti, Gujarati, Tamil, Urdu and Punjabi (BBC news)
- Covid-19 vaccine advice videos translated into Arabic, Farsi, Gujarati, Urdu, Punjabi and English. (NHS Hesa Centre)
- Covid-19 vaccination: a guide for women of childbearing age, pregnant or breastfeeding (gov.uk)
- A guide to Covid-19 vaccination – all women of childbearing age (HSCPHA)
- Updated advice on Covid-19 vaccination in pregnancy and women who are breastfeeding (RCOG)
- A fact sheet for those who are pregnant (RCOG)