Tackling Concerns about COVID-19 Vaccines

People from Black ethnic groups were most likely to be diagnosed with COVID-19 and death rates from COVID-19 were highest among people of Black and Asian ethnic groups. However BAME communities are less likely to take a COVID-19 vaccination. 

The following information has been put together to tackle fears and highlight the truth behind being vaccinated for COVID-19. 

Sir Lenny Henry leads campaign urging Black Brits to take the COVID-19 vaccine

The comedian wrote an open letter signed by other Black British celebrities including KSI and Thandie Newton as part of a government campaign to fight misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines. Data from the Office for National Statistics in January showed just 49% of Black or Black British adults said they were likely to get a jab. Further ONS data, published this week, found the percentage of vaccinated people over 70 was lower among all ethnic minority groups compared to White Brits.Video via @NHSuk 

Get involved in reducing vaccine hesitancy in your community within Northwest London

Vaccine equity – work with us

We want to work with local people to help improve vaccine equity - through reducing variation in the uptake of CoViD-19 vaccines across our communities in north west London.

Every Tuesday we are holding a Co-production and Improvement Huddle

These are one hour sessions (every Tuesday) from 6pm – 7pm  -  why not join us:


Dr Bob Klaber, Consultant Paediatrician & Director of Strategy, Research & Innovation at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust provides information on the programme and the details on how you can get involved.

Adeola Adeleke, Equalities and Engagement Manager for Brent, Harrow and Hillingdon shares her reflections on the programme. 

Articles highlighting COVID Vaccination Hesitancy 

Tackling Concerns and Myths about COVID-19 Vaccine

BIDA Covid-19 Seminar February 2021.pptx
Vaccine Hesitancy in BAME groups Strategic Advisory Group BAME SE Final Adapted.pptx

COVID-19 and Me

The NIHR has partnered with the Theatre of Debate to produce a series of videos to help us support all communities in understanding the importance of taking part in vaccines studies and, most importantly, getting an approved vaccine. They help tackle some of the misinformation out there.  There are six videos in this new series, with the first two available in several languages. They are available on the Be Part of Research website. 

COVID-19 and Sickle Cell Disease

Coronavirus vaccine Q&A in five South Asian languages

Sir Elton John and Sir Michael Caine help the NHS promote COVID jabs

The NHS has had outpouring of celebrity support to encourage people to get the vaccine, and this week Sir Elton John and Sir Michael Caine helped promote the COVID jab by participating in a short video which was filmed in our hospital. We thank them for helping spreading this important message to get vaccinated. 

Message from a General Practitioner