Concerns that fewer BAME people will get jab

Concerns that fewer BAME people will get jab

Concerns that fewer BAME people will get jab

England’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, has said it “really concerns” him that fewer people from ethnic minorities will get the coronavirus vaccine.

Although most people who have been offered the vaccine have taken it, data suggests the virus has hit ethnic minorities worse than white communities.

Speaking to the BBC, Professor Van-Tam said “the uptake in minority ethnic groups is not going to be as rapid or as high” compared to the white population, citing fake news as a probable cause.

“We are always concerned when we get disinformation and things that are patently wrong and misleading and designed to frighten people and damage their confidence in what we are doing – which I believe in absolutely passionately,” he added.

It is not currently thought that having the vaccine will ever be made mandatory in the UK.

However, other countries may well require you to be vaccinated before entering.

Today, the World Health Organisation recommended the vaccine developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca for use against new coronavirus variants.

Evidence from vaccine trials suggests the vaccine is 63% effective overall.

Over 12 million people in the UK have now had their first dose.

No significant sides effects have been found.

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