Vaccinating Jean – the covid vaccine and black and asian people

It’s called vaccine hesitancy, and it particularly affects black people and people from other ethnic minorities.  It’s a concern that they are at greater risk from Covid 19 and also from the vaccines.

This video (from the Department of Health and Social Care) talks about some of those concerns –

 

(Update: BME London Landlord has produced this leaflet called Why we think you should get the vaccine on why they are encouraging people to get vaccinated)

So, as our team has been stepping up to be vaccinated (more than half the team by the end of last week) some members have had to think harder.

Jean Reid, our Head of Supported Housing, reflects on getting the jab.
Jean Redi, a head and shoulder image, Jean is wearing spectacles and a blue dress.
Jean Reid

“After much consideration I took the decision to have the covid vaccine. It was all over the news that hospitals were at breaking point and from a personal point of view, I have not seen some of my family and friends for nearly a year and had found this difficult and upsetting.  Also, I love my holidays abroad……

“When news of the vaccine came out, I had the same deep concerns that other people in BAME communities had regarding the side effects. There was talk that this type of vaccine was not medically made up in a way which would suit my ethnicity and the side effect from having the vaccine could be massive. There were also discussions within the church stating that from a religious point of view having the vaccine wasn’t the right thing to do.

“I must admit it was quite an overwhelming and emotional experience going to the Black Country Museum for the vaccine, however, the process of getting vaccinated was quick and easy and I knew I needed to do this to protect myself, my loved ones and the community around me.

“My temperature was checked when entering the museum, then I had an initial medical check using the forms you print off when booking your appointment slot. I was explained what side effects to expect – sore arm, headache and nausea. There are that many health workers around you can ask as many questions as you want, everyone was willing to help and put you at ease. The vaccine felt like a pinch at the time which lasted for a few seconds.

“After the jab, there’s a 15-minute monitoring period where I was told to sit in the car for this period, I have to say the whole process ran smoothly.

“Thankfully, I have no symptoms at all and I continued my day as normal, in fact by the end of the day I almost forgot having the vaccine.”

Thank you Jean – the vaccine is helping to protect us all and, hopefully, it won’t be too long before you get to go on holiday again!

Jean is not alone.   There’s fellow housing boss Llewellyn Graham from our Birmingham neighbours at Nehemiah

Paulette Hamilton – a councillor  in the West Midlands responsible for health and social care

The Head of Immunisation for Public Health England addresses general questions about the safety of the vaccines…

Celebrities including actors Adil Ray and Meera Syal, as well as cricketer Moeen Ali and presenter Konnie Huq,  set out how there is no evidence that the vaccine works differently for people from ethnic minorities.

And also MP’s

1 thought on “Vaccinating Jean – the covid vaccine and black and asian people”

  1. Thanks Jean for sharing your experience, I think the more we share our experiences the more we can support others who might feel anxious or unsure, which of course is natural but we have to have trust in our experts. I also had my vaccination at Black Country Museum and like you say it was overwhelming to see the place transformed to accommodate the NHS, I was again saddened and angered even that Covid has taken over our lives like this.
    Same as you the process and experience was positive, the teams were so upbeat, friendly and made sure everything was ok. The vaccine is about keeping us all safe and getting our lives back.

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