Lodnon, 2 March – NHS doctors, nurses and other frontline staff, including from the Bangladeshi community, have come forward to help reassure communities that COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and have been independently tested to the highest standards.
The clinicians have recorded messages in some of the most commonly spoken non-English languages in the capital to make sure all parts of London know the importance of getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
These include Tazmina Ahasan, Discharge Coordinator at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, who speaks Bengali, explaining how the vaccine is given, and providing clear evidence that they work and are safe for all. She said: “The COVID-19 vaccine gives you the best protection from coronavirus so when you are invited to get the vaccine, please go.
“The sooner we are all vaccinated, the sooner we can get London back to normal.”
The COVID-19 vaccines do not contain any alcohol, egg, meat or pork products, including gelatine. They also contain no foetal matter.
The vaccines have been tested on tens of thousands of people from different age groups and backgrounds including Black, Asian and other ethnicities.
The British Islamic Medical Association recommends both the Pfizer vaccine and the Oxford/ Astra Zeneca vaccine to Muslim communities.
Medical director for the NHS in London, Dr Vin Diwakar, said:
“As a doctor, I have seen first-hand how this virus has affected families and communities in London, with more than 14,000 Londoners losing their lives to Covid in the past year.
“Getting one of the safe, effective and well-tested vaccines when you are invited to do so is the best way you can protect yourself and those around you from becoming unwell.
“While we vaccinate more and more Londoners, we need everyone to keep playing their part in protecting each other by staying at home whenever possible.”
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said:
“It has been an exceptionally hard year for London and the UK – but the Covid-19 vaccines mean that there is some much-needed light at the end of the tunnel.
“I’m relieved and very grateful to have received the first dose myself after being asked by my GP to take it due to my severe asthma, and I urge everyone who is offered it to take it as soon as possible.
“We know Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities have been disproportionately affected by Covid-19 and videos such as this are a fantastic way to get the message out loud and clear that the vaccines are safe, effective and our best route out of this awful pandemic.”
People invited to book their vaccine can now book at one of 26 pharmacy services operating across the capital.