COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy amongst black individuals in UK halves, new information suggests


2021-04-01 15:41:00

Vaccine hesitancy amongst black individuals within the UK has halved, latest information suggests.

Workplace of Nationwide Statistics (ONS) figures from 17 February to 14 March counsel that 22% of black adults within the UK reported coronavirus vaccine hesitancy, down from 44% the earlier month.

The information is available in the identical week Sir Lenny Henry penned an open letter calling on black individuals to take the COVID vaccine.

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The letter was signed by a number of family names, together with Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor, actor Thandie Newton, radio host Trevor Nelson and writer Malorie Blackman.

The group requested individuals to “belief” the vaccine and never let “issues be the factor that widens racial inequality in our society”.

In January, scientific advisers to the federal government discovered that vaccine hesitancy was highest in black or black British teams, adopted by south Asian communities.

In February 2020, the top of the NHS in England, Sir Simon Stevens, stated the nation was preventing each coronavirus and disinformation, however that progress was being made on vaccine uptake amongst black and south Asian communities.

A big issue contributing to vaccine hesitancy in some communities is broadly regarded as misinformation unfold over WhatsApp.

Religion teams such because the Muslim Council of Britain have been pushing again on the disinformation, creating myth-buster and explainer messages.

The latest ONS information discovered that constructive vaccine sentiment had elevated by 94%, whereas 12% of 16-29-year-olds reported vaccine hesitancy.

The Queen has additionally inspired individuals to take the vaccine, endorsing the programme throughout a video name.

The latest ONS information comes as nearly 31 million individuals have been vaccinated within the UK.

On 30 March, the variety of second doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered in a single day exceeded that of first doses.

A complete of 270,526 second doses had been registered on Tuesday, in comparison with 224,590 first jabs.

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On Wednesday, a vaccination centre in Walthamstow was inundated with individuals after the council posted a social media message providing individuals spare vaccines.

Principal analysis officer on the ONS, Tim Vizard, stated: “Over the previous few months, we’ve got seen attitudes throughout a lot of the inhabitants turning into extra constructive in the direction of COVID-19 vaccination.

“Nonetheless, there’s nonetheless hesitancy amongst some teams, together with younger individuals, black or black British and people residing in probably the most disadvantaged areas.”

It comes as some nations in Europe have suspended utilizing the Oxford-Astra-Zeneca jab amid issues it might trigger uncommon blood clots.

Germany has suspending its use amongst under-60s, whereas Denmark has prolonged its suspension regardless of the European Medicines Company discovering no proof to assist proscribing the jab – and stating that any threat is vastly outweighed by the safety it affords.

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