Published: 03:21 PM, 01 July 2021 Last Update: 03:43 PM, 01 July 2021
New short film aims toboost vaccine confidence through word of mouth
Latest ONS data show vaccine hesitancy amongAsian and Asian British people has halved
More than 43 million adults in the UK have hadtheir first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine
The film can be viewed on the NHS YouTube pagehere
A new short film aboutthe COVID-19 vaccine is encouraging people to speak to their friends and familyabout their vaccination experience as the latest ONS figures show vaccinehesitancy among those from Pakistani and Bangladeshi backgrounds has halved inthe past few months.
The film features members of the publicwho have had the vaccine, sharing their motivations for getting vaccinated –which include losing close friends to COVID-19 and protecting themselvesagainst serious illness.
Figures show those from Pakistani andBangladeshi backgrounds are still among those least likely to come back fortheir second dose, however the latest data shows that confidence in thevaccines continues to increase among minority groups. Accordingto the Office of National Statistics (ONS) vaccine hesitancy hashalved in the past few months among Asian and Asian British people from 16% inFebruary to 7% in May 2021.
The members of the public featured inthe video, all of whom initially had some reservations about getting thevaccine, were motivated to speak about their choice to get the vaccine inresponse to the disproportionate impact COVID-19 has had on the South Asiancommunity and to help encourage confidence in the jab.
Kiran Virdee, a personal trainer, whoappears in the video, said: “The reason I decided to take the vaccine isbecause I was a sufferer myself of COVID-19. I want to live longer to be aroundmy grandchildren and my friends and family.”
Dr Koyes Ahmed, an NHS GP and urgentcare doctor, said: “It’s great to see so many people in our community get thevaccine. Getting vaccinated is one of the best ways you can protect yourselffrom COVID-19 but it’s important to get both doses for maximum benefit.”
Rani Daljit Malik, who appears in thevideo, said: “The reason I took the vaccine was because I lost a lot of lovedones around me, so I decided to take it so I could protect myself and my lovedones as well.”
The UK’s vaccine rollout has alreadysaved thousands of lives. Data from PHE’s real-worldstudy shows the vaccines are already having a significant impact in the UK,reducing hospitalisations and deaths, saving over 14,000 lives and preventingover 42,000 hospitalisations in England.
Vaccinated people are far less likely to get COVID-19 withsymptoms. Vaccinated people are even more unlikely to get serious COVID-19, tobe admitted to hospital, or to die from it and there is growing evidence thatthey are less likely to pass the virus to others.
More than 43 million people in the UKhave received their first dose and around 31 million people have hadtheir second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, including over two million peoplefrom the South Asian community but more people need to come forward so everyonecan benefit from the protection the vaccines offer.
Currently everyone aged 18 and over inEngland, those with underlying health conditions that put them at higher riskand carers can receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
People who have been invited by theirGP or the NHS to get the COVID-19 vaccine – including those who have previouslydeclined – can arrange their vaccination by logging on to the national bookingservice at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination. Anyoneunable to book online can call 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pmseven days a week.
COVID-19 vaccinations can be bookedwithout an NHS number and regardless of an individual’s immigration status –this will not be checked.
For more information on the COVID-19vaccine, visit: www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination