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Local BAME GPs help explain the coronavirus vaccine

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18 Dec 2020

Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) GPs from Bradford have come together to help communities across West Yorkshire understand more about the coronavirus vaccine.

GPs have recorded a series of films in community languages, which include Urdu and Pashto, to explain more about the coronavirus vaccine, why it’s important to take up the offer when you are invited, and what it means for people.

The videos, available on YouTube, are aimed at helping people over the age of 80, who are being invited for vaccination by the NHS, to have accurate, clear information about the vaccine. It is being offered to those people who are most at risk from the virus first to make sure they are protected as quickly as possible.

Dr Safina Haque, GP Partner at the Kensington Partnership and Clinical Director of the Primary Care Network, Bradford, said: “This vaccination programme is the biggest and one of the most significant in NHS history, and is of course exciting news for many people. We know how important it is for people to have the right information, in a way that is meaningful for them, so they can make informed choices about their care. We really hope that these videos will help vulnerable patients take up the offer of the vaccination, which is one of the best opportunities we have for our communities to return to normal life”.

“GPs and healthcare workers have a huge responsibility in making sure that our patients, especially those for whom English may not be their first language, understand that this vaccination could be a potential life-saver. I really encourage people to share these films with their families and within their communities.”

The NHS is contacting people when it is their turn to have the vaccination, people do not need to get in touch with their GP practice or other local NHS service. When invited, please take up the offer and attend all the appointments when asked. The vaccine is given in two doses, at two separate appointments. Having both doses will give the best protection against coronavirus.

It is still important to follow all the guidelines to stop the spread of coronavirus, even if you have had the vaccine. That includes practicing social distancing, washing your hands for longer and more often, and wearing a face covering when in public places.

People can take a look at the videos by visiting the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership YouTube channel.

The videos have been released by the NHS in Bradford district and Craven, alongside the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (WY&H HCP). Further videos in other languages are also being developed and will be released soon.

For more information about coronavirus, visit the NHS UK website.

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