Daily: TRUST ISSUE – Why are minorities avoiding the COVID jab?

Why are so many minority patients rejecting the COVID vaccines and what can healthcare do about it? Vaccine hesitancy in minority communities is threatening to turn the pandemic into a specific crisis for marginalised and non-white populations. Ayesha Hazarika talks to Dr Salman Waqar, GP and General Secretary of the British Islamic Medical Association, about a problem with deep roots in the historic marginalisation of BAME people. 

  • “When we tell BAME communities that this vaccine will save your life, many of them won’t take what you say at face value”
  • “I’ve seen elderly vaccination patients crying because it was the first time they’d been out since March 2020”
  • “A lot of the NHS’s non-white workforce has struggled to get its voice heard… We’re still not seeing that workforce represented in NHS management”
  • “The biggest killer in COVID is economic deprivation – and minority communities happen to be more poor”

Presented by Ayesha Hazarika. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producers Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production


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