Responding to COVID-19
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- All the adult social care government guidance
- Addressing concerns about the vaccine on pregnancy from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
- Statement from Royal College of Midwives & RCOG - on pregnancy and fertility
- COVID-19 vaccination: women of childbearing age, currently pregnant or breastfeeding
- Advice on the vaccine - addressing safety and concerns over allergic reactions
- Details of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine
- Details of the AstraZeneca vaccine
- Research & Analysis: Covid 19 Vaccination and Allergies/Side Effects - widespread use of the vaccine now suggests that severe allergic reactions to the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine are very rare .
- Reporting: Any member of the public or health professional can submit suspected side effects through the Yellow Card scheme.
- NHS video explain the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine
- 2 minute overview video addressing common issues raised about the Covid Vaccine published by the National Institute for Health and Research
- BAME celebrities address vaccine misinformation and some of the common myths about the vaccines. They explain the crucial health benefits behind mass take-up of vaccination, and the benefit across all communities.
- Videos in various languages with health professionals and well known personalities addressing issues around the Covid 19 vaccine, and how it affects people from a BAME background.
- Suitable for people of all faiths: GP Dr Amir Khan explains how the COVID-19 vaccine is suitable for people from all faith groups.
- Black MPs from across the House of Commons join together to tackle COVID-19
- For people with a learning disability Information about vaccines: For people with a learning disability and autistic people
- Our local Peer Advocates from Involve, at Kingston Council share their experience of the vaccine
- Home care workers explain why they are vaccinated against COVID-19 - highlighting the reasons for getting the jab and what it will mean for their colleagues, friends and those they care for.
- Why social care staff should take up the vaccine – Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care, Deborah Sturdy says why it’s vital that all social care workers take up the vaccine.
- Addressing vaccine scams for South Asian communities - The BBC Asian Network has created some great content on vaccines scams and made it available on social media; containing videos in Urdu, Sylheti, Punjabi, Tamil and Gujarati.
- Dr Gayatri Amirthalingam, National Immunisation Team at Public Health England explains why there is no evidence that the COVID-19 vaccines will affect present or future fertility.
- NHS South West London CCG COVID-19 Vaccine Q&A session for Care Homes with Dr Agnelo Fernandes
- NHS South West London CCG COVID-19 Vaccine Q&A with GPs Dr Aditi Shah and Dr Agnelo Fernandes
Blogs, stories and materials
- Star and Garter care home nurse Aylona Dael explains how she overcame her Covid vaccine fears
- Dementia Care Manager, Liz Donaldson explains why she was keen to receive the vaccine not only for herself, but her colleagues and residents.
- Social care blog: Vaccination means reconnection for staff and residents. The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines are safe and effective. They will give you the best protection against coronavirus
- Translations, forms and Gov vaccination guides (Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Farsi, Gujurati, Kurdish, Nepali, Punjabi, Albanian, Tagalog, Hindi, Romanian, Spanish and Somali, Urdu, Kurdish)
- Posters: COVID-19 vaccination: care home and healthcare settings posters - information and promotional resources to support the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination programme.
- Story: Public Health England shows one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine provides high levels of protection and reduces hospitalisations and deaths by at least 75%.
- Poster: COVID-19 vaccination: vaccine product information on the presentation, doses and storage of COVID-19 vaccines.
- Story: Supporting those with dementia to receive the COVID-19 vaccine - explains how music can be used to reduce anxiety for people living with dementia for whom vaccination can be very stressful.
- Leaflet produced by Dementia UK: Guide for people with dementia, to support them when they receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
For people with learning disabilities
- Easy-read Resources and Information: COVID-19 vaccination
- Letter: COVID-19: letter to clinically extremely vulnerable people
- Easy-read and Accessible materials from Keep Safe UK
- Mencap website: How to stay safe and well
- Video: Information about vaccines: For people with a learning disability and autistic people
- Video: Our local Peer Advocates from Involve, at Kingston Council share their experience of the vaccine
- Easy-read consent form for adults and vaccine product information
- Video: By the NHS for people with a learning disability and/or autism - explaining Coronavirus COVID-19 and how important it is to have the COVID-19 vaccine, to protect themselves and others.
There is a range of support available for all levels of concerns, big or small:
- Finding it difficult to cope? - Social care staff who may be struggling to cope and need help can send a text message with ‘FRONTLINE’ to 85258 to start a conversation. This service is offered by Shout and is free on all major mobile networks
- The Every Mind Matters platform has been continuously updated to support people during the COVID-19 outbreak, and has a COVID-19 hub that includes tips and support on how to deal with change, cope with money worries and job uncertainty and how to look after your mental wellbeing while staying at home. It also includes practical tips and videos from experts on dealing with stress and anxiety, boosting your mood, sleeping better and what you can do to help others – including advice for parents and for children and young people.
- The Samaritans - confidential staff support line is open for all social care staff who might be feeling increasingly stressed, anxious or overwhelmed. Call 0800 069 6222 (7am to 11pm, 7 days a week)
- Hospice UK’s bereavement and trauma line is open for all social care staff. This offers a safe space to talk to a professional if you have experienced bereavement, trauma or anxiety. Call 0300 131 7000 (7am to 11pm, 7 days a week)
- 24 hour debt advice line 0800 808 5700 - Thrive LDN are working with Debt Free London to provide advice or support 24 hours a day. Calls are free. Or visit their website.
- Bereavement - Support after sudden bereavement during the COVID-19 pandemic from various organisations, such as Sudden for people bereaved suddenly by suicide, COVID-19, or other causes, providing emotional support, and address urgent practical needs. Call 0800 2600 400, 10am-4pm Monday-Friday or email [email protected]