Published Wednesday, 03 November 2021

A group of young people from the Positive Youth Foundation have created a video to stress the importance of young people getting vaccinated this autumn.

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The digital creation is the result of a partnership between the Positive Youth Foundation and Coventry City Council.

The video has been created to encourage more young people in Coventry to play their part and get their vaccine, in order to keep themselves and everyone else around them safe.

The whole creative process has been executed entirely by Shawna K Senior Evans, Ava Spalding and Selasi Dalleih at Positive Youth Foundation. The City Council helped support production but did not give any suggestions around how the video should be told or look. 

Nikki Miles, Programmes Lead for Physical Activity & Sport at Positive Youth Foundation said: “At PYF we have seen the positive impact that information sharing between young people can have. We wanted to enable young people to make informed decisions about their vaccination status, giving them an opportunity to explore the pros and cons as well as tackling misinformation that has been shared online or within their communities”

We are now learning to live with Covid-19, and our first line of defence is vaccination. The virus remains a significant threat to our city as we move through autumn and winter, so it is more important than ever before to play our part to contain the spread of the highly contagious virus. Having your vaccination will help to reduce the risk of catching and spreading Covid-19 to your loved ones.

Sarah Raistrick, GP and Chair at NHS Coventry and Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group, added: “Our recent engagement sessions with young people have been positive and it’s great to know that the conversations that were held at one of our recent workshops has led to the production of this video. We want young people to feel comfortable and confident to be able to have honest conversations with us about the Covid-19 vaccination programme.

“As clinicians, it is important that we continue to support young people across the city and share as much information as we can with them to address any concerns or hesitancy, they have about having the vaccination. I am looking forward to seeing the launch of the video and well done to the team at the Positive Youth Foundation for leading on the production of this.”

Young people have a key role to play in living and containing with Covid-19 and ensuring they take up the offer of a vaccine is one of them. This video will allow younger people to understand the importance of how having the vaccine will help to keep us all safe, in a way that is relevant and appealing to them.

Shawna K Evans, Young Person at Positive Youth Foundation said: “I wasn’t sure about the jab after hearing so many different stories. Being given the opportunity through Positive Youth Foundation to talk to professionals, discuss the vaccine and have any worrying thoughts answered. After having it done it hasn’t been a big deal for me, its important we keep everyone self.

The vaccines have been shown to reduce severe illness in most people, but like all medicines, no vaccine is completely effective, so those who’ve had theirs should continue to get tested regularly so they don’t risk unknowingly spreading the virus.

There are plenty of different options for testing in the city. Visit our website to find out which one works best for you. Anyone with any of the main COVID symptoms should seek a test by dialling 119 or by visiting the NHS website.

Leader of Coventry City Council, Councillor George Duggins added: “Positive Youth Foundation can reach young people and key communities in a way the city council can’t.

“Thanks to the dedication of young people like Shawna K Senior Evans, we hope this video will encourage all eligible young people in the city to step forward and have their vaccine.

“As a result of the vaccine, fewer people are in hospital with Covid-19, but that doesn’t mean the pandemic is over so we must all continue to play our part.”

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