Information for local communities about COVID-19 vaccine

Useful information and advice to help you understand the COVID-19 vaccine in a range of languages, from a range of sources and in a range of formats.

The three approved vaccines – Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna and Oxford AstraZeneca – are safe and have been through rigorous checks, as well as extensive trials. They do not contain any animal product, so you can have the vaccine if you don’t eat pork or other animal products for cultural or religious reasons.

You may also find the following resources helpful.

Resources for people of faith

Resources for people of the Muslim faith

If you are of the Muslim faith, you may find the British Islamic Medical Association’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hub a helpful source of reliable information. You can visit the Hub here.

Resources for people of the Jewish faith

The Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) provides helpful resources regarding the vaccine on its dedicated JLC Community Portal. You can find this page here: https://jlcportal.info/

The UK’s Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, has recorded a video to urge Jewish people to accept the vaccine when they are offered it. You can watch this video on Chief Rabbi Mirvis’ Facebook page here.

Resources for people of the Hindu faith

The Hindu Forum of Britain has issued a COVID-19 vaccine information guide which you can access here. The Hindu Council UK has also published a statement in support of the vaccination programme.

Resources for people of Christian faiths

A number of Christian faith leaders have come together through the Give Hope campaign to encourage people to take up the COVID-19 vaccination when they are offered it. Those to endorse this campaign include representatives from the Church of England as well as from the Methodist, Baptist, Pentecostal and Evangelical Church in the UK. You can find more resources about the COVID-19 vaccination via the Give Hope campaign website here.

Resources for all faiths

  • In this video Faith leaders from Leeds share their messages about the importance of having the COVID-19 vaccine when invited.
  • Famous faces from across Britain’s ethnic minority communities; Romesh Ranganathan, Adil Ray, Moeen Ali, Meera Syal and many more have fronted a new video campaign to encourage take-up of the coronavirus vaccine
  • Produced by The Runnymede Trust, this video features leaders from a number of faiths and BAME community leaders addressing concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine, misinformation and urging people to take the vaccine when it is offered to them.

Resources for people who follow a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle

The vaccines do not contain any animal product or egg. You may also find these resources helpful:

Resources for people with learning disabilities and / or autism

Easy read resources

Resources in community languages

The NHS in Leeds and Leeds City Council have worked together to develop information in community languages about the COVID-19 vaccine. A leaflet and audio files feature local clinicians and faith leaders, who highlight on the importance of having the vaccine.

Information in community languages

We also teamed up with South Asian Arts-uk, a Leeds-based charity, to co-produce a light-hearted video which encourages people to continue to come forward to have their COVID-19 vaccine.

The short video (one minute and nineteen seconds) can be viewed on the following link https://youtu.be/1nLyMome_io

British Sign Language resources

 

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