Coronavirus Vaccination

All the latest information and news about the Coronavirus vaccine and the vaccination programme in the UK.

NHS advice and info on the Coronavirus vaccine can be found here:

Government Advice on the vaccine and vaccination can be found here:

Information for eligible adults on COVID-19 vaccination in BSL.

The COVID-19 vaccination for older adults leaflet is available to download. Paper copies are also available to order.

Information for people who have had their first COVID-19 vaccination.

The what to expect after your COVID-19 vaccination leaflet is available to download. Paper copies are also available to order.

Latest Coronavirus News & Articles On This Website

  • Vaccines highly effective against Indian variant after 2 doses
    A new study by PHE shows for the first time that 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective against the B.1.617.2 variant first identified in India. Vaccine effectiveness against symptomatic disease from the B.1.617.2 variant is similar after 2 doses compared to the B.1.1.7 (Kent) …
  • BSL video guide on COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting
    This new BSL provides information on COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting. This video is available to download. The COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting leaflet is available to download. Paper copies are also available to order. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading...…
  • BSL video guide: phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme
    Here’s the latest BSL video on the Coronavirus vaccine – the information it includes is on phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme. The COVID-19 vaccination: a guide to phase 2 of the programme leaflet is available to download. Paper copies are available to order. Share …
  • Vaccine – A Guide To How They Work & Eligibility
    Covid-19 vaccines: how they work and who is eligible if you have a disability or chronic illness is a regularly updated feature on the Disability Horizons website The first three Covid-19 vaccines – Pfizer/BioNTech, Oxford/AstraZeneca and Moderna – have been approved in the UK. Read the full …
  • Vaccine Report: Blood Clots “Extremely Rare”
    From the BMJ Website Investigations by EU and UK regulators into reports of unusual blood clots after receiving the Oxford-AstraZeneca covid-19 vaccine have concluded that these are a “possible” and “extremely rare” side effect. Neither agency established a causal relation. However, although both …
  • Vaccination Priority For Those Living With Immunosuppressed Adults
    The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised the government to prioritise people for the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine who are over 16 and living with adults who have weakened immune systems, such as those with blood cancer, HIV or those on immunosuppressive treatment …
  • Vaccination: Don’t Let Your Guard Down Too Soon!
    Health services are observing a rise in Coronavirus infections in people shortly after they have received their first vaccination, suggesting that many people are letting their guard down before the vaccine has taken effect. Earlier this month a study led by Public Health England of vaccination in …
  • Coronavirus Vaccine Scams – Helpful Info
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  • AstraZeneca vaccine prevents 100% of severe disease
    Article from the BMJ website Interim analysis of a phase III trial has found that the vaccine produced by Oxford University and AstraZeneca was 79% effective at preventing symptomatic covid-19 and 100% effective at preventing severe disease and admission to hospital. The results, announced in an …
  • West Yorkshire Covid-19 vaccination update
    The vaccine rollout in West Yorkshire is continuing apace, with latest figures (5 March) showing that 683,801 people have now been vaccinated. This is almost a third of all adults in the region and reflects the huge efforts of the NHS, local authorities and voluntary and community organisations to …
  • Department of Public Health Backs Vaccine Safety
    I am worried that the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine isn’t safe as I’ve heard some countries are stopping using it – should I still have it? It’s a question that’s been concerning some people in recent days! Here’s what the Department for Public Health has said to reassure those of us …
  • Coronavirus – A Quick Guide To The Vaccine & Vaccination
    Coronavirus can affect anyone. The Covid-19 vaccines will help protect you against the disease and reduce the risk of you becoming seriously ill. Here’s what you need to know: • Like all vaccines, the Covid-19 vaccines teach your body to fight the virus. They cannot give you coronavirus and the …
  • Statistics: Vaccine hesitancy amongst people with disabilities
    This is part of a larger government paper on attitudes to and take-up of the Coronavirus vaccine by various sections of the UK population. This is the specific info on people with disabilities – you can read the full report here. A similar proportion of disabled and non-disabled adults …
  • BSL Videos: Coronavirus Vaccination Guide
    This is the Government’s latest information for eligible adults on COVID-19 vaccination in a BSL format: The COVID-19 vaccination for older adults leaflet is available to download. Paper copies are also available to order.   Information about the vaccination consent form …
  • NHS Vaccine Text Messages – How To Recognise Them
    From March 9 the NHS will begin texting people inviting them to book their life saving COVID jab, making it quicker and more convenient to get an appointment. Almost 400,000 people aged 55 and over and 40,000 unpaid carers will be the first to get a text alert inviting them to book a slot as part …
  • At least 150,000 with learning disabilities to get vaccine sooner
    At least 150,000 people with learning disabilities are to get the Coronavirus vaccine sooner than originally planned – the news was released by Public Health England yesterday (24 Feb 2021) – here’s what they put out: The advice of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and …
  • Council Support For 3000 Additional Residents Shielding
    Calderdale Council is continuing to support those most at risk of becoming seriously ill if they catch COVID-19, as the national shielding programme is extended. The government has announced that an additional 1.7million people across the UK will be added the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable list, …
  • Book your coronavirus vaccination – if you’re clinically vulnerable or aged over 64
    Use this NHS service to book a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination or manage your appointments. Who can use this service You can only use this service if any of the following apply: you are aged 64 or over you have previously received a letter saying you are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically …
  • Video: What’s It Like To Receive The Vaccine?
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  • Updated letter to clinically extremely vulnerable people
    Important guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people from the government, 18 Feb 2021 Link: Other language versions, plus easy read, BSL and large print versions available here We are writing to you as you have previously been identified as someone thought to be clinically extremely …
  • Coronavirus Vaccine – Why it’s safe? Why it was developed so quickly? And other importan…
    Here’s a really useful selection of detailed information on the most common concerns about the coronavirus vaccine currently being raised in local communities and which people might need reassurance about. Safety – How do we know the vaccines are safe? They have been approved by an …
  • Coronavirus: Who should be shielding and why?
    With more people are being added to the shielding list in England, the BBC have published this article looking at shielding, who it applies to and what changes are being made: Who is being added and why? Health advisers say they now have a clearer picture of who is high risk. About 1.7m people are …
  • Vaccine Journeys With Community Transport Calderdale (CTC)
    Our friends at Community Transport Calderdale (CTC) are available to assist with transport to Covid vaccination appointments for those in need, throughout Calderdale. their email address to book is sandra.makin@ctcalderdale.co.uk email your name, address and Covid vaccination appointment date, the …
  • Additional 800,000 adults to be prioritised to receive vaccine
    Published 17 February 2021 New technology has been introduced in England to help clinicians identify, for the first time, a new group of people who may be at high risk from COVID-19. The patients identified through the risk assessment will be sent a letter from NHS England in the coming days …
  • All over-70s invited to book first Covid-19 vaccination
    People who are over 70 and haven’t had their first Covid-19 vaccination can now contact the NHS National Booking Service for an appointment. In West Yorkshire, health organisations expect to have reached everyone in the first four priority groups by the middle of February but if you haven’t heard …
  • Vaccine Safety Data “Reassuring”
    This article first appeared on the British Medical Journal website. The UK’s medicines regulator has described the first safety data related to covid-19 vaccines as “reassuring,” with most side effects reported being mild and in line with those seen with other types of vaccine. “The benefits …
  • Wheelchair Users – Taxi Booking For Vaccinations
    We have heard from the local NHS that Taxi companies are available to transport patients in the top four vaccination priority groups who use wheelchairs to have their Covid-19 vaccinations. Please ask your local GP surgery for details when your appointment is being booked. All Calderdale GP …
  • BSL Videos: Coronavirus Vaccination Guide
    This is the Government’s latest information for eligible adults on COVID-19 vaccination in a BSL format: The COVID-19 vaccination for older adults leaflet is available to download. Paper copies are also available to order. Information for people who have had their first COVID-19 vaccination. …
  • Over-70s & Clinically Extremely Vulnerable Can Now Book Coronavirus Vaccination
    For the first time, you can now book your Coronavirus vaccination if you are: 1/ over 70 years old 2/ if you’ve received a letter from the Government saying you are at high risk from Coronavirus. Below is the information on the Government’s website explaining how to book. Who can use …
  • Government Reports Into Vaccine Safety
    This report from the Government covers the safety of the Coronavirus vaccines. There’s a link to a more detailed report at the foot of the page. Government Report Into Vaccine Safety Data published from UK’s independent medicines regulator confirms approved vaccines meet strict regulatory …
  • Plan Your Bus/Train Travel to Vaccination Centres
    The West Yorkshire Combined Authority has put in place several measures to assist local people in getting to community vaccination centres by public transport, including a journey planner facility on their website (see below) – plus they are extending concessionary travel times for people …
  • West Yorkshire Vaccination Programme Update
    The NHS is reassuring people in West Yorkshire that they will be contacted when it’s time for their COVID-19 vaccine appointment – and there’s no need for them to contact services. The COVID-19 vaccination rollout in West Yorkshire is well underway – over a quarter of million people have now had …
  • Learning Disability Guide – Vaccine Decisions
    Below is a link to download a document Learning Disability England has written for people and organisations that offer paid support to people with learning disabilities and also for provider organisations or personal assistants. The document aims to help supporters and carers prepare the people …
  • Fewer Disabled People Wary of Having Coronavirus Vaccine
    According the the Government’s latest monthly report, Coronavirus and the social impacts on Great Britain: 29 January 2021, fewer disabled people are likely to refuse the chance to have a Covid-19 vaccination, compared to non-disabled adults. Here’s what the report says: A slightly …
  • Coronavirus Vaccine – FAQs We Should All Read
    The following is the latest information on the coronavirus vaccine, in particular how it will be made available to you, its safety and effectiveness. Basics Please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine; they will contact you. When the NHS contacts you, please attend your vaccination appointments. …
  • Watch Out For Covid-19 Vaccine Scams
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  • Clinically extremely vulnerable next in line for Vaccination invites
    People in England listed as clinically extremely vulnerable, will begin receiving offers of a coronavirus vaccine this week, alongside people aged 70 and over. Many people with disabilities fall into the groups set to receive the vaccine next. More than five million people – from priority …
  • Vaccination – Latest Information/Advice From Gov’t
    Here is a selection of the Government’s latest advice and information on the Covid-19 vaccination. COVID-19 vaccination programme Selection of Documents relating to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination programme. COVID-19 vaccination: guide for healthcare workers Information for …
  • Coronavirus Vaccination: What Happened During Week 1
    The National Picture On 17th December, the Government announced that more than 137,000 people in the UK have received the first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in the first week of the largest vaccination programme in British history. The government has today released provisional …
  • Coronavirus Vaccine FAQs
    The Coronavirus vaccine is now being rolled out in Calderdale and naturally many people have questions about the process and the vaccine itself. Below are a few key bits of information and some frequently asked questions that cover most angles. Key messages to patients from the NHS: Please don’t …
  • Coronavirus vaccination: Calderdale NHS say “help us help you”
    Calderdale CCG, who commission NHS services in Calderdale, have published the advice below about the imminent roll-out of coronavirus vaccines in the area: We hope to receive supplies of the Pfizer BionTech vaccine over the next few weeks in Calderdale. At first, the vaccine will be available to …
  • Coronavirus Vaccine: Calderdale Council’s FAQ’s
    Here’s Calderdale Council’s latest advice on the Coronavirus Vaccine (8 Dec 2020), which is largely focused on reassuring recipients of its safety: Calderdale Council Advice: With news about the COVID-19 vaccines doing the rounds on social media over the last week, we’ve listened to …
  • NHS Coronavirus Vaccine Advice & Info
    This is the NHS’s guidance and information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine (view it on the NHS website). The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus. Who can get the COVID-19 vaccine The NHS is currently offering the …
  • COVID-19 vaccination: guide for clinically vulnerable people
    This is the government’s latest advice about the Coronavirus vaccine. Although nominally aimed at older people, it is also directly relevant to people who are clinically vulnerable to the virus, including many people with disabilities. Contents What is COVID-19 or coronavirus? About the types …
  • Coronavirus Vaccinations Begin Today (Tues 8 Dec)
    This is how a couple of leading media outlets are reporting this important news as Coronavirus vaccinations begin to be administered in the UK: New Scientist First Pfizer/BioNTech vaccinations will be administered in the UK starting Tuesday The UK is preparing to administer the first doses of …
  • Green Light for first UK COVID-19 vaccine
    On 2 December 2020, the first COVID-19 vaccine for the UK, developed by Pfizer/BioNTech, has was given approval for use, following a thorough review carried out by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). This is the Government’s press release on the subject: The …
  • Coronavirus Vaccine: Priority groups for vaccination
    This document was published by the Government on 2 December 2020 and sets out the priority order for people to receive the Covid-19 vaccination in the UK. This is a lengthy document, but for those simply interested in the current thinking on who will receive the vaccine first, this is the list …
  • Coronavirus Vaccine – Read The Information Circulated To GPs
    We are all interested in the upcoming Coronavirus vaccines. It’s natural to feel anxious about the details of how and when we will receive the vaccine. Below is a link to a document circulated to various health practitioners, including GPs, giving a lot of background information on the …
  • GPs likely to deliver Covid-19 vaccine
    The BMJ is reporting that the NHS has published an agreement to enable general practices to start delivering a covid-19 vaccine from as early as next month. A new directed enhanced service (DES), published 10 November, says practices will be expected to coordinate and deliver covid-19 vaccinations …
  • 90% Effective Covid-19 Vaccine Announcement
    Here’s a round up of the reaction to news that a vaccine may very soon be available for Covid-19, followed by a more analytical piece by the BMJ. The BBC Who will get the vaccine first and when can you have it? Have we finally got a coronavirus vaccine? ‘Milestone’ vaccine offers …
  • Encouraging Signs For Oxford Vaccine in Trials
    The University of Oxford coronavirus vaccine that is currently being trialled has been found to produce an immune response in people over the age of 55. The results are encouraging because older people are at an increased risk of becoming severely ill and dying from covid-19, partly because the …