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Patient Information Leaflets for coronavirus vaccines in accessible formats

Patient Information Leaflets (PILs) for coronavirus vaccines, produced by pharmaceutical companies, are now available in accessible formats.

These detailed information leaflets are found usually in medicine boxes or are given when you get the vaccine, explaining potential side effects and so on. The legislation allowing the vaccines to be approved quickly inadvertently stopped pharmaceutical companies providing alternative formats of PILs in the normal way. RNIB has now received Ministerial approval for Datapharm to provide accessible formats in its electronic medicines compendium (emc) for healthcare professionals and others.

Information leaflets are now available online for the Oxford AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines. If you require the information in braille, large print or audio, please phone the accessibility line on 01372 371450. There may be an answerphone operating during periods of high demand. Please note this number is only for use for these coronavirus vaccine medicines; to get any other medicine information in alternative formats, please call 0800 198 5000.

To find out more about RNIB's work to make the UK vaccination programme more accessible, visit their website.

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