COVID Booster

Please see below the link for covid 19 vaccine information for people without a NHS number: -

On behalf of the NHS, we can confirm that all batches of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine used in the UK are equally safe and effective, such that two doses provide you with the expected high level of protection against Covid-19. 

The vaccine brand names have created some perplexity as they will not be in use until the branded stock is distributed.  It is important to note, however, that all doses used in the UK have been subject to rigorous safety and quality checks, including individual batch testing and physical site inspections, by the UK medicine’s regulator, the MHRA. 

Information related to travel is managed by the Government. 

The Government has commented that no Covishield vaccines have been administered in the UK and that all AstraZeneca vaccines given in the UK appear on the NHS COVID Pass as Vaxzevria. The NHS COVID Pass is the digital version of individuals’ proof of COVID-19 vaccine status, which has been available for international travel since May. The European Medicines Agency has authorised this vaccine and the Government is confident that travel will not be affected. The EU Digital Covid-19 Certificate is currently for EU citizens only, or third country nationals legally staying or resident in the EU. Information for patients about how to get an online or paper version of the NHS COVID Pass is on the NHS website.

Frequently Asked Questions
 FAQs on Covid Vaccination       Information for people requesting a different second dose of Covid 19 vaccine

Message to All Patients regarding Covid Vaccine 



Advice for people with a learning disability, autistic people, people with mental health conditions and dementia about engaging with services 

Easy read documentOpen Letter

We are living through a difficult and unprecedented time that is challenging for many people across the country. For people with a learning disability, autistic people, people with a mental health condition or dementia there may be extra challenges, and people may experience a whole range of difficult emotions or be experiencing emotional distress. Some may be struggling with feeling lonely and isolated, some perhaps are feeling anxious or worried, or are struggling to get basic needs like food and medicine. 

We want you to know that NHS services, including mental health and learning disability services, are still very much open and here to support you. This document offers advice on how to get in touch with services and to get access to the support and help you may need. 

Accessing support from services

  • Don’t let a concern about coronavirus stop you from seeking medical care or attention when you need it – whether your symptoms are linked to coronavirus or not. NHS services are open to support you, so please do contact them/us

  • If you are worried about coronavirus, use the support lines that are available.

  • Use the accessible information available on coronavirus on official sites such as or, or any other local NHS or government site.

  • In these difficult times, be aware that services may be affected and may need to work in different ways. They should explain if any changes are made to your care and support. Face-to-face appointments may not be possible, but services should talk to you about this and offer an alternative.

 If you are in hospital you should be supported to maintain contact with your family using the telephone or the internet. Staff should support you to do this. Visits are allowed too in line with the latest visitor guidance. There is also specific guidance about visiting people who are in a mental health, learning disability or autism inpatient setting sent in a letter from Claire Murdoch, National Mental Health Director and Ray James, National Director for Learning Disability and Autism that sets out expectations for visiting in these settings.

  • Make sure people understand the impact on you (or if it is appropriate, your family) if your care and support package has changed. You can contact the central advice and duty teams in your area to discuss this. You can find this number on your local authority website. Your social worker should be giving you information about this. If you need to find out details about your local authority, see find your local council.

  • You can challenge any rules or decisions made for whole groups of people, rather than on an individual basis, because they affect your care and support package (this is sometimes called a blanket restriction or decision). Changes should only be made on an individual basis after your needs, and the risk of changing your care and support, has been considered.

 Some things you can do to help

  • Don’t be afraid to ask for advice or support – talk to friends, family, advocates and others who support you; stay connected with people. You can do this using the telephone, Skype, Facetime, Microsoft Teams, WhatsApp, and there are lots of other apps that will support you with this. You can find resources for: Easy Read WhatsApp Guidance and Easy Read Microsoft Teams Guidance.

  • If you don’t have access to, or find it difficult to use these things, talk to someone you trust about what might be the best way for you to stay in touch, and let them know you need help if you do.

  • Let people know if you don’t have the right equipment to communicate with them via the internet or social media; you might be able to get some help with this. Talk to your social worker, keyworker, care co-ordinator or other professional involved with your care and treatment.

 Be prepared – try to make sure your health passport, health action plan and any other health documents you have are up to date. You can ask your supporter, friends, community nurse, social worker or carer to help you do this.


Taken from the document
 Patient, carer and family engagement and communication during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

29.07.20 - Easy Read Resource for Patients -COVID Swab testing

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