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Psychologists support the national vaccine role out with behavioural science guidance

11 March 2021

We’ve published new guidance to support people with their post-Covid-19 vaccination behaviour to help keep individuals and communities safe and healthy.

Produced by the BPS Covid-19 Behavioural Science and Disease Prevention Taskforce, the document will be distributed to public health teams, vaccination centres and GP surgeries to advise people on the steps to follow after they have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

It encourages people to take the second dose of the vaccine when offered, and to continue to follow disease prevention behaviours including maintaining physical distance from those outside of their household or bubble, wearing face coverings in public spaces and continuing hand hygiene. It emphasises the importance of every person doing their bit to keep themselves, their loved ones and their communities safe as we take gradual steps along the re-opening roadmap.

Professor Madelynne Arden, lead author of the guidance, said: “Every day we are seeing and hearing of more and more people receiving a Covid-19 vaccine which is excellent news and a really encouraging step on the path out of this pandemic. But recent evidence from the Office for National Statistics suggests that two out of five people broke lockdown regulations in the three week period following their first vaccination dose and that puts them and their communities at risk.

“It is important that we continue being diligent with all the behaviours we have adopted this last year, such as good hand hygiene, face coverings, and social-distancing, so that we can work together to reduce levels of infection and get life going again. This guidance supports government advice and we hope that it will be used to provide people with accessible, clear information when and where they receive their first vaccination”

Professor Angel Chater, Chair of the BPS Covid-19 Behavioural Science and Disease Prevention Taskforce, added: “At all stages in this pandemic the taskforce has worked to offer our expertise as psychologists and share the key behavioural science considerations to optimise public health efforts. We’re proud to produce this guidance that we hope will help support local authorities, organisations and individuals with promoting health behaviours to keep everybody safe.”


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