Published: 05:23 PM, 27 April 2021 Last Update: 05:37 PM, 27 April 2021
Janomot desk: Singer-songwriter Navin Kundra, producer, presenterand performer Parle Patel and BBC broadcaster Nadia Ali have come together in avideo to encourage the South Asian community to get #ImmunityfortheCommunity bytaking up the Covid-19 vaccine.
The video, released on Friday 23rd, also features GP Carter SinghMBE, Ashanti Omkar FRSA, Lyca Radio and Dilse CEO Raj Baddhan, Channel SPresenter Kuhinoor Kabir and Dr Henna Anwar.
In the video, the media figures and medics each hold up a signwith the hashtag #immunityforthecommunity, and share that theyhave had or will be having the Covid-19 vaccine and call on those watching tohave theirs when they’re invited to.
Their message is communicated in eight different languages –English, Gujarati, Punjabi, Bengali, Tamil, Hindi, Sylheti and Urdu.
Those featured in the video were motivated to take part inresponse to the disproportionate impact Covid-19 has had on the South Asiancommunity and to help boost vaccine uptake.
Figures released this week show that vaccine uptake among ethnicminorities in England has tripled.
Between 7 February and 7 April 2021, there has been an increase of235%, overtaking the national average among all ethnicities of 154%.
Uptake among Bangladeshi communities in England has increased from29,382 to 152,408 and among Pakistani communities it has increased from 88,956to 367,780.
The prominent figures from the world of entertainment and medicinewill each share the video across their social media platforms from today.
Navin Kundra said: “Vaccines are the best way to protect peoplefrom coronavirus and will help save thousands of lives. They’re the only wayout of this pandemic and I’ll be taking my Covid-19 vaccine when I’m invited.”
Nadia Ali said: “I really hope this inspires others to go and gettheir Covid-19 vaccination.”
Parle Patel said: "This is a great campaign and soimportant!”
Ashanti Omkar said: "My parents had their vaccinations. Itgave us a real sense of peace of mind. It is
important for us to take this and move on with life."
Channel S Presenter Kuhinoor Kabir also feature in the #immunityforthecommunity video.
The release of the #immunityforthecommunity comes as more than 33million people in the UK have received their first dose and more than 11million people have had their second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
It’s the latest in a series of initiatives by public figures andhealthcare professionals within the South Asian community to encourageconfidence in the vaccine and dispel misinformation.
Currently everyone aged 45 and over, those with underlying healthconditions that put them at higher risk of Covid-19 and health and care workersand carers can now receive the Covid-19 vaccine.
People who have been invited by their GP or the NHS to get theCovid-19 vaccine can arrange their vaccination by logging on to the nationalbooking service at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination. Anyone unable to book onlinecan call 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week.
Covid-19 vaccinations can be booked without an NHS number andregardless of an individual’s immigration status – this will not be checked.
For more information on the Covid-19 vaccine, visit:www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination