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CPD module: Covid vaccinations

We take a look at the principles behind the Covid vaccines.

With the vaccination programme in full swing, we look at the principles behind the new SARS-CoV-2 vaccines...

After completing this module, you should be more aware of: 

  • the nature and structure of SARS-CoV-2
  • why spike, or S proteins, on the virus capsule are the focus of vaccine research 
  • other potential targets for inactivating or eliminating the virus 
  • the range of vaccine platforms and their modes of action 
  • how RNA and DNA vaccines work, and specifically the new mRNA vaccines 
  • the seven vaccines the UK is expecting to use against Covid-19 
  • differences between the BioNTech/Pfizer and the Moderna mRNA vaccines 
  • the basis of the University of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine 
  • JCVI advice about vaccine selection and dosing regimes 
  • The priority groups for vaccination
  • Contraindications, use in pregnancy, and adverse effects including anaphylaxis 
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