We have been made aware of a leaflet being circulated in Knowsley regarding the COVID-19 vaccination programme. This leaflet – which has been produced and circulated by an unknown individual or organisation – claims to contain “vital facts” about the vaccine and shares links to a number of unofficial online sources of information.
In addition to making unsupported claims about the vaccine, the leaflet also contains numerous inaccuracies and misleading statements. Residents are reminded to consult official information sources for information about the vaccine and about COVID-19.
Councillor Sean Donnelly, Knowsley Council’s Health and Social Care Cabinet Member, commented:-
“It is really important that people know where to go to get information and advice which they can trust and rely on. The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly brought to the surface many differing views and opinions. At times, we are also seeing unhelpful and dangerous misinformation and allegations.
I would urge residents to bear in mind that some sources of information are inaccurate – wherever possible, stick to official sources of information like the NHS or Knowsley Council.”
The COVID-19 Vaccination Programme is progressing well in Knowsley
Current figures indicate that more than 38,000 Knowsley residents have already received their first dose of the vaccine.
In Knowsley, vaccines have also been offered to all residents in the priority groups 1-6 which are outlined here. Please note that the vaccination programme is progressing quickly and vaccines for priority groups 1-6 are as at 25 February 2021. The Government has announced that all adults will be offered their first vaccine appointment by the end of July 2021.
How safe is the COVID-19 Vaccine?
The vaccines approved for use in the UK have met strict standards of safety, quality, and effectiveness as set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
Before any coronavirus vaccine can be approved, it must go through all of the clinical trials and safety checks which other licensed medicines go through. The MHRA follows international standards of safety.
Some further COVID-19 are also still being developed. These new vaccines will only ever be made available through the NHS once they have been thoroughly tested to make sure that they are safe and effective.
So far, millions of people across the country have received a COVID-19 vaccine and reports of serious side effects, such as allergic reactions, have been very rare. There have been no reports of any complications beyond such initial immediate reactions.
To find out more about the vaccines approved in the UK, visit:-
- UK: Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19 approved by MHRA
- UK: Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine for COVID-19 approved by MHRA
- UK: Moderna vaccine for COVID-19 approved by MHRA
How effective is the COVID-19 Vaccine?
The COVID-19 vaccination has been shown to reduce the chance of you suffering from severe disease. However, even after having the vaccine, you can still contract the virus, show milder symptoms, and pass it on to others.
The first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine should give you good protection from coronavirus. But you need to have both doses of the vaccine before you will have longer lasting protection.
All of this means that it is important to:-
- continue to follow social distancing guidance
- wear something that covers your nose and mouth when you are in places where it’s hard to stay away from other people
You can read more about why vaccines are safe and important, including how they work and what they contain.
Is it mandatory to have the vaccination?
No – whether or not to have the vaccination is a personal choice. But the best protection against the virus is to take your opportunity to have the vaccine.
How will I know when it is my turn?
You will be contacted directly when it is your turn to be vaccinated.
If you are a Knowsley residents and currently in a priority group 1-6, you can book an appointment through Knowsley CCG on 0151 244 4121.
The Government has recently announced (on 22 February) that all adults will be offered an appointment for their first vaccine by the end of July 2021.