UK Health Minister Matt Hancock greeted on Monday 1is February, an important step in the country’s ambitious vaccine deployment plan: The anticonavirus virus vaccine has now been introduced to all English retirement homes. “ In addition, 9/10, with an average of 500,000 injections per dayI More than half and more than half of 70 people have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Boris Johnson’s government is on track to achieve the target of 100% of these age groups vaccinated by the end of February.
This rigorous campaign is not without difficulties triggered by the reluctance to vaccinate Britain of “Bam” (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) origins. In early January, the “UK Domestic Annual Study” (a study on British behavior) reported that 72% of blacks questioned (before the start of the vaccination campaign, on 8 December 2020) were hesitating, as did the Pakistani Or 42.3% of Bangladeshi ancestry were British. In light of previous national vaccination campaigns, a document from SAGE (Scientific Committee advising the government) was also outlined in January, “Vaccine adoption rates among whites were 10% to 20% lower among whites”.
This reluctance is all the more damaging because the epidemic has wreaked havoc among these populations, who are more likely to occupy “front line” jobs. In November, reviews the Lancet Thus, established after the first pandemic wave, black people were more likely to be infected with the virus (and Asians 1.5 times more likely) than white Britons.
“In the context of institutional racism”
Employees – often precarious and poorly paid – have largely BAME backgrounds in retirement homes, which would explain the fact that many of them had Pfizer-BioNTech or Oxford-AstraZeneca (both being vaccinated) Refused to receive a dose of. “Some employees refuse the vaccine for cultural reasons”, The president of the National Care Association, Nadra Ahmed, one of the largest retirement home unions, confirmed to the BBC on Monday.
This reluctance is fueled online by recurring, but completely incorrect, rumors about the presence of pigs in the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine or the alleged effect of Pfizer-BioNotech on human DNA. “This is due to a combination of factors including lack of messages [pédagogiques] In different languages or different formats, Dr. Sara Ali, an endocrinologist and member of the South Asian Health Foundation, an organization promoting health in Asian communities. People are also wondering how quickly vaccines are deployed. We have to convince them that their security has not been abandoned at all, but administrative procedures have been truncated ”, Adds the young woman, who has just posted a video on social networks reassuring her community in Urdu.
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