Under 40s to be offered alternative to AZ vaccine


“As Covid-19 rates continue to come under control, we are advising that adults aged 18 – 39 years with no underlying health conditions are offered an alternative to the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, if available, and if it does not cause delays in having the vaccine.”



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Covid and pregnancy – should you get the vaccine?


As the Covid vaccine is rolled out to younger age groups, what should you do if you’re expecting a baby?

The guidance for pregnant people in the UK was changed last month following new data from the USA involving the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

BBC News Health Reporter Laura Foster looks at what the science says.

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Covid: Black leaders blame lower vaccine take-up on racism


As time has gone on, the fear of being a guinea pig has lessened, said Evelyn Akoto, public health leader for the London borough of Southwark, which has one of the biggest black communities in the country. So many people in the wider population have been vaccinated, that it has become clear no single group is a target.



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Mental health: ‘We need to care for patients, but also ourselves’


It is estimated that a doctor dies every three to four weeks in the UK from suicide.

Dr Dan Gearon’s cousin Liz took her own life in 2016. She had been an anaesthetist at King’s College London.

Following Liz’s death, Dan created the charity, You Okay, Doc? to provide doctors with a safe space to talk about their mental health.

Now as the pandemic starts to ease, Dan and many other doctors across the country are voicing the need to have better mental health services for medics.

If you’ve been affected by any issues in this story, you can find support at BBC Action Line.

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Tokyo 2020: The mental strain of the delayed Olympics


After being postponed by coronavirus, the Tokyo Olympics are now only months away. But what has it been like for the athletes during the pandemic – and how have they coped with the delay?

BBC Minute’s Kash Jones has been talking to two athletes about what their last year has been like.



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