Accessible information about COVID-19

North Yorkshire County Council has developed a range of resources about managing the COVID-19 pandemic in our county. These can be found on the North Yorkshire County Council website

In addition, many organisations across the UK have developed helpful and accessible information about COVID-19, using Easy Read, pictorial and other accessible formats. Information in a number of community languages is also available.

This page has been created to bring together some of the most useful and up to date information in one place. It will be updated regularly as part of North Yorkshire County Council’s response to the pandemic, to support providers and funded services to have the best available information and you are recommended to check it on a regular basis.

Services are encouraged to use and share these resources with people you support to ensure that they have the most up to date information in a format that they understand and which meets their needs.

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Covid-19 vaccine

People have lots of questions about the Covid-19 vaccine. We have made a special page to share helpful information in accessible formats and community languages. Click here


UK Government information


  • Guidance for people with symptoms of a respiratory infection including Covid-19 -- infographic and community languages - here
  • Information about what your Covid Pass Letter tells you -- Easy Read and Community languages
  • Guidance for people whose immune systems mean that they are at higher risk  here 
  • Guidance on reducing the spread of respiratory infections, including COVID-19, in the workplace -- community languages


  • Getting tested for Covid-19
  • Information about NHS 119 BSL for Covid-19 testing and vaccination
  • How to do a COVID-19 rapid lateral flow test at home - information to improve help and support for users with access needs. Includes information in a range of formats and community languages.
  • Information about testing at home in Easy Read and community languages - here 
  • Information about Be My Eyes App to make it easier for partially sighted people to use lateral flow tests in their home -- click here

General Information about Covid-19

  • The National Autistic Society has information for autistic people and their families here
  • MENCAP Easy Read Guide: here
  • SignHealth – British Sign Language (BSL) translations of Public Health England information: here
  • Community First Yorkshire - community and voluntary sector advice and guidance
  • Why are people wearing masks? - Easy read 
  • Learning Disability England - Do not resuscitate - a guide for understanding your rights and challenging decisions - Easy Read

NHS and other health information


  • Healthwatch - How to make heath appointments on your computer or phone better - Easy Read
  • NHS Guide to having your flu vaccination (jab) during the coronavirus pandemic - Easy Read
  • Easy read leaflet about swabbing, developed by the NHS Leeds Teaching Trusts. 
  • Information about the Coronavirus vaccine - Mencap Easy Read
  • Help for people with a learning disability and/or autism to use NHS 111: here


Information about going into hospital

  • Down Syndrome Research Foundation - supporting someone with a disability to go to hospital: here
  • Hospital Passport templates for Harrogate and York/Scarborough Hospitals. 
  • Coronavirus: Getting better in hospital - Easy Read 
  • The NHS has developed a Grab and Go Form. This gives the information that doctors and nurses will need if you go to hospital because of COVID-19 and, for example, are struggling to breathe. This does not replace the hospital passport but is good to have as well. Some Plain English information to help you complete the Grab and Go Form is here. You can download the Grab and Go Form here
  • Leaving hospital to go to another place of care -- easy read and community languages

Tips on staying safe and healthy at home



Community languages 

Information about social distancing and keeping yourself safe:

  • Guidance on the ventilation of indoor spaces to stop the spread of coronavirus--in a number of community languages and easy read-- click here
  • Updated information for people previously considered 'clinically extremely vulnerable' –  click here
  • The Government's COVID-19 migrant health guide has links to guidance and advice on Covid-19 in a range of community languages-- click here

Health information


  • GP registration - the following information card about registration and access to GPs (to encourage people to register and be invited for vaccination) is available in a number of Eastern European languages - listed and linked to below the image.

A range of key COVID-19 documents translated into many community languages are available at the Migrant Information Hub website.