understanding the Coronavirus vaccine

Covid-19 vaccines: what you need to know

A British Red Cross vaccine volunteer in a mask and protective apron stands outside a vaccination centre.

About the Covid-19 vaccine

Learn the facts about the coronavirus vaccine and how our volunteers are helping the NHS.

Coronavirus vaccine facts
Saima and her sister Shafuga have their vaccines at the British Red Cross vaccine centre in Newham.

Vaccine voices 

Read real stories of people who've taken the Covid-19 vaccine.

Covid vaccine experiences

Coronavirus vaccine facts

Together with measures to stop viruses spreading - like social distancing - vaccines are the best way to protect yourself and loved ones from Covid-19. 


If you, or someone you know is worried about taking the Covid vaccine, join the conversation, seek reliable sources and learn the facts from medical professionals like Dr Karan. Share our quick facts below to help make informed decisions.

Learn more about what's in the Covid vaccine (ingredients).

How Red Cross volunteers support the NHS

The British Red Cross has been supporting vaccination programmes for generations, and thanks to the support of our incredible volunteers, we're now working hard to help the NHS fight Covid-19.

Here are a few ways our teams are helping to fight the pandemic:

  • Our assisted discharge service supports patients who are medically fit to leave hospital, helping to free up hospital beds.
  • Our volunteers provide on-going practical and emotional support at home to vulnerable people self-isolating.
  • We also have teams working in various A&E departments providing practical and emotional support to patients and families.
A Red Cross volunteer talks to a patient

Learn more about how our volunteers are helping the NHS fight Covid-19

Vaccine history

Our online exhibition explores the key moments in vaccination history, the role of the Red Cross, and how the smallpox vaccine led to the global eradication of the disease.

Find out more about the history of vaccines.