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COVID-19 Vaccinations Explainer Videos

Public Health England has produced a set COVID-19 explainer videos. 

You can hear from some of the experts in the fields of virology, immunisation, occupational health, and more, answering some of the most frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19 vaccines. 

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Julie Yates – lead public health consultant for screening and immunisation for SW England

How is everyone working together to roll out the vaccine to the population?

How are we working with experts to create training for the vaccine workforce?

How does the JCVI decide and implement who gets the vaccine?

Considering the wider determinants of health when rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine


 An unprecedented programme driven by experience



 Dr. Kevin Brown - consultant medical virologist 

 How do viral vaccines work?

What is an mRNA vaccine and how does it work?

Can the mRNA inside the vaccine change people's DNA or affect their fertility?

How does the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine work?

Can the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine give me COVID-19 infection?

Why do the COVID-19 vaccines focus on the spike protein?


Vaccine protection - what does the data show so far?

Dr. Anthony Harnden - deputy chair of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation

Why should everyone be encouraged to have the vaccine?


 As a GP what would you say to health professionals about having the vaccine?

As a GP what would you say to social care workers about having their COVID-19 vaccine?


 What is your general practice doing for the vaccine rollout?



Which patients are you going to recommend the COVID-19 vaccine to?



How was the COVID-19 vaccine rolled out so quickly?



Should the COVID-19 vaccines give us hope for the future end of this pandemic?



Should eligible older adults have the COVID-19 vaccine?


 If I have the vaccine can I stop wearing my PPE?

Dr Anthony Harnden explains how catching the infection has affected him

Dr Gayatri Amirthalingam - a consultant in the national immunisation team in Public Health England

COVID-19 vaccines: can they affect my fertility?


If I have allergies is it still safe to have the COVID-19 vaccine?

COVID-19 vaccine guide for women of childbearing age or are planning a pregnancy.

COVID-19 vaccination: if you have an underlying health condition or are immunosuppressed

 Dr Mary Ramsay – head of the immunisation and countermeasures department and the National Immunisation programme

 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?

COVID-19: What are the risk factors?

Protecting care homes and social care staff

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

How the COVID-19 vaccination roll out is taking place

Where are we going to vaccinate people?

What are the easiest ways to get vaccinated?

What should I do if I missed my vaccination appointment?

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

How a vaccine works

COVID-19 vaccine: how do I know it is safe?

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

What is an mRNA vaccine and how does it work?

Do the vaccines contain any pork products?

Dr. Wei Shen Lim - a chest physician and chair of the COVID-19 Immunisation for the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation

 Why should social care staff in all settings and care home workers have the vaccine?


Does having the COVID-19 vaccine mean we can change the way we work during the pandemic?

Dr. Shriti Pattani - occupational health lead for London North West university healthcare

Occupational health - getting ready for the COVID-19 roll out

Should I have the vaccine if I have already had COVID-19?



COVID-19 vaccination: guide for Clinically Extremely Vulnerable and pregnant healthcare staff


 Occupational health - who should and who should not have the vaccine?


 Occupational health - guide to side effects