Can vegetarians have the vaccine? New campaign aims to answer questions over covid jab
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‘Every Question Matters’, a new campaign supported by councils and health agencies in the North East, launched this week with the aim of giving people the opportunity to learn more about the vaccine.
Questions answered include information on possible side effects, and if the jab is suitable for those who avoid animal products and alcohol (and it is, according to the experts).
The Government’s roadmap to lifting restrictions has been delayed by four weeks until July 19 to help get more people vaccinated and stem the spread of the Delta variant.
And health chiefs are keen to help those with concerns over the vaccination programme the chance to have their questions answered.
Tom Hall, director of Public Health for South Tyneside, said the campaign – run by the BeatCovidNE partnership – was an important one.
“It’s natural for people to feel hesitant about getting the vaccine and we know that many people share common questions, worries and anxieties about it,” he said.
“It is a very personal decision, but the key message of this campaign is simple: it’s okay to have questions about the Covid vaccines, but you need a reliable source to answer them, such as your GP, a healthcare professional or the Beat Covid NE website. These sources will be able to answer many common questions like what’s in the vaccine or which vaccine is recommended for your age group.
“What we do know is that getting both doses of the vaccine is our best hope of reducing the serious health harms caused by Covid, and avoiding a return to the lockdown situations of the previous year. It is effective against all current variants, particularly if you have received both doses and the more of us who have it, the more we will lower the rates of Covid infections in our communities.
“If you were initially hesitant when your cohort was first called, but have changed your mind, you can still get the vaccine - it’s not too late.
“Call your GP and they will be able to advise on how to book an appointment.”
The campaign also features a series of covid vaccine Q&A videos that address many common questions, delivered by North East healthcare professionals including a GP, midwife, senior nurse and pharmacist.