Trust staff encourage the ethnic minority community in Medway to get the COVID-19 vaccine

Date: 27 April 2021

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Staff at Medway NHS Foundation Trust have joined forces to record a special video encouraging members of the ethnic minority community to have their COVID-19 vaccination when it’s their turn. You can view the video here.

There has been positive progress in the numbers of people from minority groups who are getting vaccinated, however in general, uptake rates are 5-25 per cent less in Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups compared to the White British population. 

Dr Eleana Kamalanathan, Foundation Doctor at the Trust said: “Those from an ethnic minority background are more susceptible to COVID-19 and yet they are also among those most hesitant about the jab.  

“Experiencing side effects after getting vaccinated means the vaccine is working and your immune system is responding as it should. It is really important that we all play our part in defeating COVID-19 by having our vaccination.” 

Dr Nandita Divekar, Consultant at the Trust said: “I have had the vaccine myself and so have lots of my colleagues from the ethnic minority community. It is safe, effective and the most important thing you can do to keep your friends, family and community safe. Please book your vaccination as soon as you are eligible to do so”. 

To book an appointment if you have been invited or to check eligibility visit www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination and for more information visit www.kentandmedwayccg.nhs.uk/covid19vaccine

  • Summary:

    Staff at Medway NHS Foundation Trust have joined forces to record a special video encouraging members of the ethnic minority community to have their COVID-19 vaccination when it’s their turn.