COVID-19 Evidence Resources

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COVID-19 Vaccines

Keeping up to date

  • Current Awareness service: KnowledgeShare
    • If you want to keep up date on the development and approval of COVID vaccines, then sign up to our Current Awareness service, KnowledgeShare by completing the online form on the Library and Information Services website.  This will enable you to receive weekly or fortnightly email updates of recent evidence summaries.
  • Evidence Aid  are a not-for-profit organisation specialising in collating and summarising the best-available evidence effectively preparing for and responding to disasters and emergencies. They have published more than 60 summaries about COVID-19, which are available here.
  • Public Health England Coronavirus literature digest

Vaccine trials

There are a number of COVID-19 vaccine trials currently taking place around the world.

Vaccine design and safety

·COVID-19 Vaccine Frontrunners and Their Nanotechnology Design, ACS NANO, 2020

Vaccination training programme

  • COVID-19 vaccination programme: this government website lists training resources and consent forms
  • Additional training for vaccinators: this eLearning website from Health Education England has links to additional training resources. NB COVID-19 vaccinators should check with their local provider/employer what training they need to undertake.

Who approves a vaccine in the UK?

The Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) approves whether a COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective for use in the UK. Vaccines led by Pfizer-BioNtech and Oxford University are currently being considered for approval by the MHRA (1 Dec 2020), for details see the MHRA website Vaccines and vaccine safety.

Who is responsible for delivering the vaccine once it has been approved?

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) have published interim advice on the groups that should be prioritised for vaccination at Priority groups for coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination (25 September 2020). NHS England is responsible for delivering the programme in England.

Why vaccination is important?

Vaccines are the most effective way to prevent infectious diseases. The NHS has details on the general safety and importance of vaccines at Why vaccination is safe and important?


Advice and guidance for medical staff 


Advice for patients

  • NHS Advice – NHS 111 online
  • NHS Overview – information about symptoms and how to reduce your chance of getting it

Current situation in the UK and worldwide

  • Number of cases and risk in the UK, UK Government
    • Find out the number of cases and risk level in the UK
    • What to do if you’re a returning traveller
    • What the government is doing about the virus.

Information about the disease

  • Finding the evidence Public Health England
    • You may need your ESTH OpenAthens account to access some of the articles
  • Full fact , UKs independent full fact checking charity
    • Fact checks the latest myths reported in newspapers or trending on social media
  • Disease briefing: Coronaviruses, Cortellis, March 2020
    • Detailed history of the Coronaviruses


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