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Local young people help dispel covid vaccination myths.

Date: 28/04/2022 | Category: CCG News

Young people from Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes have come together to help inform their peers about covid-19, the effects of long-covid and to dispel myths about the vaccine.

Working alongside the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Health and Care Partnership (BLMK ICP), Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire and Woughton Community Councils Youth Service, the team of young people have been developing creative ways of busting the myths and providing information so that people can make an informed choice about the Covid-19 vaccine.

Together with clinicians, the team has created animation videos, recorded interviews with local GPs and produced a set of eye-catching posters that will be shared across social media and in local schools.

Jane Meggitt, Director of Communications and Engagement, Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group  said:

“It’s never been more important to provide accurate, accessible and easy to understand about the Covid-19 vaccine, so that people from all of our communities can make informed decisions for themselves.

Over the last few months, we have had the pleasure of working with young people from our area to provide information that allows young people to understand the choice and benefits facing them.

“We have been inspired by the creativity and ingenuity of the young people, who were passionate about leading this work and generating ideas to share information with their peers. They’ve done a brilliant job and I look forward to working with them on a range of health-related communications in the future.”

Tash Darling, Youth Manager, Woughton Community Council Youth Centre, said:

“It is incredibly important that young people are able to make informed decisions, so we were delighted to be involved with this work. We hope that their peers and parents see the posters, are more aware of the facts, myths and options so they can choose to have their vaccines”.

Diana Blackmun, Chief Executive of Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire, said:

Our young volunteers have been amazing. Watching them work together to develop their proposal, and then create, produce and feature in a suite of videos has been quite inspiring.

You can find all the information available to download on our website here: https://www.blmkccg.nhs.uk/generationvax/#faqs