The COVID-19 vaccine

Information about the COVID-19 vaccine and GP registration for people experiencing homelessness & those supporting them

1) Q&A leaflets

We bought people with experience of homelessness across the country together to ask their COVID-19 vaccine questions to medical and health professionals and have created two short guides:

  • About the COVID-19 vaccine. Answering questions on how the vaccine works, its development, how we know it’s safe for us all and access. Also available in Turkish (more languages coming soon).
  • After the COVID-19 vaccine. For people who have had their first vaccine and want to understand how it’s working, why they must follow the Government restrictions still and possible side effects. Also available in Turkish (more languages coming soon).

2) Short accessible guide for people who are homeless

Explaining who is getting the COVID-19 vaccine first, how to get the vaccine, what the vaccine does and how we know it’s safe.

This guide is available in English, Romanian (thanks to St Mungo’s Roma Coordinator) and Turkish.

Other GP access guides for people who are experiencing homelessness:

3) ‘How to guide’ to help those supporting people impacted by homelessness to register with a GP

GP registration is always important as a gateway into the health system; it is particularly important to ensure people can access the COVID-19 vaccine. It is likely that people who aren’t registered with a GP will be excluded from the COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan; this will vary across the country. View the ‘how to guide’ here. 

4) Campaign to encourage GP access for all

Since 2016 Groundswell and the Healthy London partnership have been working together to promote GP registration and access for people who are homeless across London through our ‘my right to healthcare’ card campaign.

As GP registration is highlighted as an important factor in accessing the COVID-19 vaccine, NHS England and Improvement have launched a campaign based on Groundswell’s cards, reinforcing that the NHS is open to all and everyone is welcome to access a GP. The resources are:

Other useful resources

  • Public Health England have created a series of short videos to explain the vaccine and answer questions; you can view them on their YouTube channel.
  • Doctors and Nurses from NHS England & NHS Improvement London have recorded messages in some of the most commonly spoken languages in the capital about the COVID-19 vaccine. View these here. 
  • The BME Health  Forum have created vaccine information videos in Arabic, Kurdish, Farsi, Pushto, Tamil, Turkish, Gujurati, Urdu, Punjabi , Sylheti and Somali. View these here.