We have taken your questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and worked with experts to help to answer them. Check out the resources below.
COVID-19 Vaccine: Ask the Experts Live Q&A
On the Thursday 17th December at 7:30pm we hosted a live Q&A panel event with the Translational Research Exchange @ Exeter (TREE). This event gave the public an opportunity to ask their COVID-19 related questions to a panel of doctors and scientists from across the South West, with specialisms spanning the COVID-19 vaccine, virus, treatment and testing.
The live recording is available on our YouTube Channel and can be watched below. We had lots of questions that we didn’t have time to answer during the event, so the experts have been answering additional questions for us – this will be updated periodically:
Questions asked by young people and answered by the experts.
Thank you to all the school students, parents and teachers that sent us their COVID-19 questions. COVID-19 experts Dr Phil Mitchelmore and Dr Gus Hamilton have recorded YouTube videos to answer your questions and clarify the science behind the COVID-19 virus and vaccines, at a level suitable for young people.
In this video, Dr Phil Mitchelmore answers the following questions:
“Will the Vaccine work against the new COVID-19 variant?”
“How do you know it’s going to work?”
“How long can it be kept out of the fridge? How it is transported / stored?”
In this video, Dr Gus Hamilton answers the following questions:
“When will under-18s with no underlying health conditions be vaccinated? And can it be administered as a nasal spray, like the flu vaccine?”
“When do you think Coronavirus will be over?”
“Will the vaccine work on everyone & how long will the vaccine protect you? Will we need a vaccination every year like the flu vaccine?”
“How many types of coronavirus vaccines have been produced? How do the different vaccines all compare to each other?”
Information and Resources
Links and further reading
Here are some helpful resources recommended by the experts from our Q&A panel, particularly on the COVID-19 but also on related topics including vaccinations in general:
Oxford Vaccine Group’s Vaccine Knowledge project: http://vk.ovg.ox.ac.uk/
“The Vaccine Knowledge Project aims to be a source of independent information about vaccines and infectious diseases. We provide clear information on complex topics and back it up with references to high-quality, reliable research.”
Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/medicines-and-healthcare-products-regulatory-agency This agency is mentioned various times by our Q&A panel. “The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency regulates medicines, medical devices and blood components for transfusion in the UK. MHRA is an executive agency, sponsored by the Department of Health and Social Care.”