Information from partners (including where to get support) ▼
Local Authorities across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are working hard to support local people and businesses during the coronavirus outbreak. You can find lots of useful information here, from guidance on business grants/support, to advice on what you can do to help out in your local communities.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council
Stoke-on-Trent City Council has also teamed up with several voluntary sector organisations, including VAST, to start #StokeonTrentTogether, the local COVID-19 support network. If you are looking for help, or wanting to support others in Stoke-on-Trent, please visit the website to find out more.
Staffordshire County Council
There is a lot of information available on the Staffordshire County Council website. This includes information about financial support for community groups, information about mental health and wellbeing and much more.
Local district and borough councils
The individual links below include local information about things such as business grants, waste collections and support for vulnerable people.
Local COVID-19 newsletter ▼
You can find out information about the local response to coronavirus via the weekly stakeholder bulletins below:
|Week commencing 30 March 2020|
Coronavirus Vaccine leaflets ▼
A4 poster - helps to show the different priority groups
PHE leaflet on use of human and animal products in vaccines
PHE have published a new leaflet on the use of human and animal products in vaccines, included in their overall collection of Covid-related publications. This gives general information on the use of these products in vaccines. It should be helpful in ensuring that diverse communities get good quality information on these issues to enable patients to make informed decisions about the Covid vaccination.
Easy Read documents ▼
Covid Vaccine Staffordshire- Watch this video to see the start of the vaccination programme in Staffordshire
Watch this video to see Vaccine myths debunked This video has been produced independently by Sanveej Bhaskar OBE (actor and comedian), Adil Ray OBE (actor, comedian and presenter) and friends which promotes and supports the UK's vaccination programme for our BAME colleagues
Dr Anwar Tufail, a GP in Stoke-on-Trent explains the importance of the COVID vaccine and the rollout of the vaccine throughout Staffordshire
Dr Anwar Tufail explains the importance of following the COVID restrictions –hands, face, space:
Dr Iram Sattar (GP & MWNUK Trustee) separates fact from fiction in this short video. Iram debunks the misinformation surrounding the newly established Covid-19 vaccine and encourages everyone to take the vaccine when offered!
UHNM Emergency department staff explain the importance of the coronavirus vaccine and why they, as front line staff, have had their vaccine. Watch them here:
Public Health England have created a set of 52 COVID-19 FAQ explainer videos to answer the frequently asked questions about the types of vaccines including eligibility, safety, at-risk groups, rollout, intervals, common side effects, importance of two doses and who needs the vaccine and many more, answering all questions about the Covid-19 vaccine, you can find them all here
Fiona Denning has shared the story of Bev Baker, a matron at UHB’s Heartland’s Hospital who has had Covid and has written a poem reflecting on all that’s changed and encouraging people to have the vaccine. It is recoded in a video https://youtu.be/Ri5h4_HJM70 Please have a look and share for your own use.
Covid Vaccine film (produced with Skills for People and Learning Disability England)
- Compilation 1 - https://youtu.be/eWwnTwBNhAc
- Compilation 2 - https://youtu.be/WUuYv-wHvIM
- Compilation 3 - https://youtu.be/adfhokYpxuM
- Compilation 4 - https://youtu.be/JamCQQcbpCc
Daniel Platt centre, Tunstall - Patient journey, what to expect
Resources to share in your community ▼
Video guide for community members covid vaccine Slovak
AZ Blood Clot Statement translations:
Polish videos around vaccine hesitancy
Three films produced have been produced, addressing hesitancy in Polish communities.
- Czy szczepienia przeciwko Covid-19 są bezpieczne? Czy są skuteczne? - YouTube
Trusted Voices Campaign
We are supporting Staffordshire County Council’s Trusted Voices campaign to support communities during the coronavirus pandemic. The campaign was initially launched in Burton, but is now being rolled out to other parts of Staffordshire, and the council is calling for GPs, pharmacists and community leaders to help promote the messaging about following the guidance from Government, getting tested regularly and getting vaccinated when eligible.
Covid-19 Testing Pilot for Glascote and Stonydelph
Staffordshire County Council is encouraging people in Glascote and Stonydelph to support a major Testing Pilot to understand why Covid-19 rates in Tamworth are almost double the national average.
Test kits are being delivered to around 6,000 households from today (April 12), and people should register the kit, take the test and drop it off at one of the community collection points between April 13 and April 16.
GPs are asked to consider how you could support this initiative to help your community control the spread of coronavirus. You may want to share this to patients via your messaging systems, or you may decide to mention it during a consultation.
Vaisakhi social media graphics
Audio Translation - vaccine worries and concerns
Resources for partners and stakeholders ▼
People needing British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters or Deafblind access ▼
We’d like to clarify the position around access to signed languages to ensure deaf or deaf/blind patients get the support they need when accessing a vaccination appointment.
Patients have the choice to use their usual BSL/interpreter provider to access a vaccine appointment. We recognise some patients are already registered with local providers, and they are welcome to continue using this service.
In Staffordshire, ASSIST are working with the GP led vaccination centres and liaising with deaf/deafblind patients in relation to appointment scheduling as patients become eligible. Some support will be provided remotely and interpreters will attend in person where needed. In some cases, ASSIST will transport clients to their appointments in order to ensure access, especially for those who are deafblind. In Stoke-on-Trent, dDeaflinks is supporting patients they work with in a similar way. GP practices have the contact details for both providers.
In the larger vaccination centres, where iPads have been provided by Language Line, remote BSL interpreting is also available, as a back up.
Primary care providers offering this service to patients are asked to continue invoicing NHS England in the usual way, as this is classed as a primary care appointment.
If any services or patients need additional support from ASSIST or Deaflinks – see below for further information:
British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters are currently contacting deaf and deafblind clients to explain the vaccination process via video call or face-to-face visits for those who do not have access to technology.
When a deaf or deafblind person receives their eligibility letter, they can contact ASSIST through their usual channels. On the patient’s behalf, ASSIST will call the contact number provided on the vaccine letter or their GP as needed, to arrange an appointment date.
When the patient attends the clinic they will access an ASSIST interpreter via remote video call. Those who are unable to use technology or who are deafblind will have an ASSIST interpreter in attendance. The BSL interpreter will need to be given access to the building in order to provide support. The interpreter will have an identification badge and wear appropriate PPE.
These arrangements will help ensure BSL users do not arrive at clinics without access to communication. However, if this does happen, please contact ASSIST 01785 356835 immediately.
Sensory Services provided by ASSIST:
- BSL Interpreters/Communicator Guides
- Deafblind Interpreters
- Sighted guides for vision impairment
- Electronic notetaking
(for the hard of hearing/deafened and those with communication issues/dementia)
Translation and Transcription:
- Easy Read
- BSL videos
- Awareness training
Deaflinks provide a similar service in Stoke-on-Trent to support the elderly, or deaf-blind clients who do not have access to smart phones or assistive technology to enable remote support.
They have continued to provide support throughout the pandemic for both remote (using various platforms such as Zoom, Microsoft teams etc) and face to face appointments and are available to facilitate either. All interpreters are fully registered, and will attend with ID and wearing appropriate PPE (where necessary).
To book communication support from dDeaflinks, please contact the main office on the details below:
Monday – Friday 10am – 3pm
Tel: 01782 219161
SMS text: 07791459307
24hr (out of hours) Emergency Interpreting mobile: 07977 552414
18-29 vaccination resources ▼
You can find 18-29 vaccination resources to share with your stakeholders and communities here in this folder, including social media materials, large scale graphics and toolkits. These can be shared using your online platforms and within your physical settings.
Translated materials - No NHS number or GP ▼
Don’t have an NHS number or a GP?
You still have a right to be protected from COVID-19. And it's free. You don't need to be registered with a GP or have an NHS number either.
Migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in the UK all have access to COVID-19 vaccinations. You won't be forced to have the COVID-19 vaccine and it does not affect your asylum or refugee status. No immigration checks are needed to get tested, treated or vaccinated for COVID-19.
Choose from the translated COVID-19 vaccination invites below to find out more.