In County Durham, the NHS are delivering Covid-19 vaccinations at sites spread across the county.
Covid-19 vaccines are available for everyone aged 12 years or over. See NHS: Who can get the coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine for information about who is eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine.
It's essential that everyone receives their vaccinations this winter. See YouTube: NHS Winter Vaccines explained for the important reasons why.
The Covid-19 vaccine can help to stop you getting seriously ill or dying from coronavirus. As the roll out of vaccination continues, you can find information on the eligibility, safety, and effectiveness of the Covid-19 vaccine at:
- NHS: Coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine
- Gov.uk: Covid-19 vaccination guide for adults
- Gov.uk: Covid-19 vaccination - resources for children and young people
- Gov.uk: Covid-19 vaccination - booster dose resources
We understand you may want more information to help you to make an informed decision on vaccination, therefore, we have provided a number of interesting links and videos to help you.
This short video YouTube: NHS Dr Alex Bowmer, Covid-19 Vaccine Q&A explains more about the vaccination.
You can also find more information at COVIDvaxfacts, a website designed to support you in making your decision about having a Covid-19 vaccine. It has been developed by independent experts to address the most common questions raised by the public.
Safety of the vaccine
The following videos will help to answer questions on vaccine safety:
The Deputy Chief Medical Officer explains more in the following videos:
Most side effects of the Covid-19 vaccine are mild and should not last longer than a week.
This short video from the Deputy Chief Medical Officer explains more:
Millions of people have had a Covid-19 vaccine and the safety of the vaccines continues to be monitored. Reports of serious side effects are very rare. See NHS: Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines side effects and safetyfor further information.
The vaccine and young people
The Covid-19 vaccines are safe and effective. See NHS: Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine for children aged 12 to 15 for further information. The website Everything Covid for young people and the following short videos from young people tackle some of the common myths about the vaccine and share their experiences of suffering from long Covid:
- Actor Jason Forbes tackles some common myths about the vaccine on Twitter
- Gov.uk: young Covid patients share stories to urge others to get jabbed
The vaccine and health conditions
Key charities have worked with the NHS to produce advice about the Covid-19 vaccine and health conditions.
The vaccine and fertility
There's no evidence the Covid-19 vaccines have any effect on your chances of becoming pregnant. More information can be found at British Fertility Society: Covid-19 Vaccines & Fertility.
Professor Lucy Chappell from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists talks to us about the vaccination and fertility:
The vaccine during pregnancy and breastfeeding
The vaccine cannot give you or your baby Covid-19. You can also have the Covid-19 vaccine if you're breastfeeding. You can find the latest information at
- NHS: Pregnancy, breastfeeding, fertility and coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination
- Gov.uk: Five reasons to get the COVID-19 vaccine if you're pregnant
NHS GP, Dr Nighat Arif explains that the vaccine is safe when breastfeeding:
- Gov.uk: unvaccinated mothers urge pregnant women to get jabbed
- Vimeo: video shows the experiences of unvaccinated mothers catching Covid-19 during their pregnancy
Vaccine ingredients and your faith
Covid-19 vaccines approved for use in the UK are safe for people of all ethnicities and faiths. These short videos explain more about the vaccine ingredients and why people from all backgrounds can feel confident in having it:
- YouTube: NHS - Dr Amir Khan explains how the COVID-19 vaccine is suitable for people from all faith groups
Resources in alternative formats
- Vaccination information is available in easy-read, large print and British Sign Language videos at:
- You can also access translated versions at NHS: COVID-19 vaccine communication materials.