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Public invited to question health and community panel on COVID vaccinations for TV programme


07 Feb 2022

People living in the Bradford district and Craven are being invited to submit questions to a panel of health experts and community leaders about COVID-19 and vaccinations for a televised programme due to be broadcast later this month.

The programme will be recorded on Wednesday 9 February 2022 and broadcast for free viewing on Channel 44 on Sky (channel available on Sky on 756), before the end of February. Channel 44 is aimed primarily at Urdu-speaking Asian audiences. The programme can also be viewed on YouTube after the broadcast date.

Organised by the NHS and community leaders in Bradford district and Craven, the programme will be recorded before an invited audience made up of members of the local community. However, there is an open invitation to anybody who is concerned about the coronavirus or safety of the vaccination to submit questions. Organisers hope that the participants and viewers will feel better informed to make decisions about whether or not to have the vaccinations, with most opting to have the jabs.

Questions are expected to cover a wide range of concerns about vaccination and the vaccines, as well as the potential impact of having or declining it, including:

  • Vaccine safety in pregnancy and childbirth
  • Side effects of the vaccines
  • The types of vaccines and doses needed for protection against side effects of the virus
  • The risks of getting longer-term illness (Long COVID) and how these can impact your lift
  • Why it is important to have the booster vaccination to complete all doses.

Panellists are:

  • Dr Nicola Cawley, consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology at Bradford Royal Infirmary maternity unit.
  • Councillor Sabiya Khan, councillor for the Wibsey ward and chair of the British Muslim Women’s Forum.
  • Gavin Miller, chief pharmacists and clinical lead for the Airedale vaccine centre and member of the North East & Yorkshire regional COVID-19 clinical advisory group.
  • Professor Dinesh Saralaya, consultant respiratory physician and director of the NIHR patient recruitment centre, Bradford.
  • Saliha Sadiq, vice chair and director of the mental health hub at the Millan Centre, who also works at the University of Bradford and the NHS. Ms Sadiq is also hosting the programme.
  • Jaspreet Sohal, chief pharmacist at the Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust.

The event has been organised by Rukeya Miah, deputy associate director of nursing and senior midwife in Bradford district and Craven, Ms Sadiq and Cllr Khan.

Ms Sadiq said: The Millan centre recognises the importance of partnership working and engaging ethnically diverse community members in discussions. Vaccination hesitancy is an issue that still impacts some of our communities. This platform will give the community members the opportunity to talk about their fears and anxiety about being vaccinated.  We hope it will promote vaccine uptake and empower the community to come forward.”

Cllr Khan said: “I am delighted by this partnership work which has been supported by local business Kesser Jewellers and the Millan Centre.”

Anybody who has a question should email it to, with the subject COVID TV Q and A.

Anyone needing a vaccination can book an appointment at or by calling 119. Details of local walk-in clinics are available on Bradford District and Craven CCG’s website at

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