It's your shot is a Students’ Association Campaign which aims to provide facts to students about the current UK COVID-19 vaccination programme. On this page we cover general information about the vaccines and look at the reasons why you should be vaccinated. For further information check out:
- Our interview with Professor Jason Leitch. Professor Leitch met with VP Iona and Faculty Rep Amy to answer your questions about taking the COVID-19 vaccine. Professor Leitch is the National Clinical Director of the Scottish Government, Senior Clinical Advisor to the Scottish Government and a member of the Health and Social Care Management Board.
- Our Q&A fact sheet which responds to common concerns about getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
We appreciate that everyone has the right to make up their own mind about whether they want to take the vaccination. It is a personal choice, and we would encourage all our students to think carefully and research diligently before making this vital decision.
The Students’ Association’s position is in support of the Scottish Governments “Roll Up Your Sleeves Campaign”. The COVID-19 vaccination is one of the most important public health programmes in the history of the NHS. Tackling vaccine hesitancy and ensuring that vaccination coverage is high enough to lead to herd immunity are essential for its success.
COVID-19 vaccines help our bodies develop immunity to the virus that causes COVID-19, without us having to get the illness.
Different types of vaccines work in different ways to offer protection, but with all types of vaccines, the body is left with a supply of antibodies, so that it will remember how to fight that virus in the future.
There are two main types of COVID-19 vaccines currently being offered within the United Kingdom.
- Pfizer- BioNTech (mRNA vaccines) contain material from the virus that causes COVID-19 that gives our cells instructions for how to make a harmless protein that is unique to the virus. After our cells make copies of the protein, they destroy the genetic material from the vaccine. Our bodies recognise that the protein should not be there and build T-lymphocytes and B-lymphocytes that will remember how to fight the virus that causes COVID-19 if we are infected in the future. For more information on the Pfizer vaccine visit the Government's website.
- Oxford University- AstraZeneca (Viral Vector vaccines contain a weakened version of a live virus, a different virus than the one that causes COVID-19, that has genetic material from the virus that causes COVID-19 inserted in it (this is called a viral vector). Once the viral vector is inside our cells, the genetic material gives cells instructions to make a protein that is unique to the virus that causes COVID-19. Using these instructions, our cells make copies of the protein. This prompts our bodies to build T-lymphocytes and B-lymphocytes that will remember how to fight that virus if we are infected in the future. For more information on the AstraZeneca vaccine visit the Governement's website.
Getting vaccinated is one of the steps we can collectively take to protect ourselves and others from COVID-19. Protection from this virus is critically important because for some people it can cause severe illness or even death.
A prominent concern for the UK Government is that members of the BAME community are showing hesitancy about being vaccinated. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has said BAME people are up to two-and-a-half-times more likely to die than their white peers, even when age, underlying health conditions and other factors have been considered.
It is critically important when you receive your letter for the COVID-19 vaccination, to remember, IT’S YOUR SHOT!
It's your shot ............protect City Students
It's your shot ............protect City Staff
It's your shot ............support City to get back onto campus
It's your shot.............take your shot
Protect yourself, protect others and bring COVID-19 to an end.