Vaccine awareness for Black, Asian, minority ethnic and faith groups in Devon

28/01/2021

There are concerns that Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people and people of certain faiths are less likely to accept the COVID-19 vaccine and this could be largely due to some of the myths and misunderstandings or uncertainty that surround the vaccine including its content that surround the vaccine, including its content and the possible impact that the vaccine may have on religious, cultural or personal beliefs.

Statistically, Black and South Asian people are at increased risk of ill health from Covid-19. Therefore, we are looking to raise awareness around the importance of the vaccine and the benefits of having it, to ensure that people from Black, Asian, minority ethnic and faith communities are safe and protected against COVID-19.

A fantastic video has been produced, which features celebrities and leaders from a host of BAME communities, to share their own thoughts and personal experiences of the COVID-19 vaccine: Watch the video here.

In short, the COVID-19 vaccine does not contain any animal products, egg or alcohol. The vaccines have been tested on animals; however, this is in fact the case for most contemporary medicines.

Therefore, people who object to other medicines for this reason may find taking the vaccine problematic and wish to explore the ethics further with their faith/belief community or organisations such as the Vegan Society.

You can find a guide to the COVID-19 vaccine in a wide array of languages on the Government website. These include Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Farsi, Kurdish, Polish, Romanian, Spanish, Tagalog, Turkish, Urdu, English and many more.

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