A number of British Asian celebrities have contributed to a vaccine awareness video co-ordinated by Citizen Khan creator and Good Morning Britain presenter Adil Ray. The aim of the video is to dispel vaccination myths for those from ethnic minority communities.
Adil Ray made the video amid fake news about the vaccine, particularly in the South Asian community which has led to concerns about uptake.
Research indicates that groups that frequently encounter discrimination in their everyday lives have a larger degree of hesitancy towards vaccines. For example, black and minority ethnic parents in England are three times more hesitant than their white counterparts towards COVID-19 vaccine for their children and themselves (Bell et al., 2020).
According to the Office of National Statistics ‘rates of death involving COVID-19 remain greater for most ethnic minority groups, and most notably so for people of Black African, Black Caribbean, Bangladeshi and Pakistani ethnic background.’ So, it is vital that people from these ethnic minority groups receive the Covid-19 vaccine. The only way out of the COVID-19 pandemic is through vaccination.
The Vaccine explained in Five South Asian Languages
The BBC’s Asian Network asked listeners to send in their questions about the vaccine to have them answered by experts. Listeners’ concerns ranged from the vaccine’s long-term effects to whether the ingredients are halal or vegetarian-friendly. You can watch the vaccine Q&A videos in five South Asian languages here.
Uncovering the Myths about the Vaccine
The British Islamic Medica Association addresses some of the myths surrounding the Covid- 19 vaccine: https://britishima.org/operation-vaccination/hub/covidmyths/
The following Myths are addressed: