Sierra Leone Telegraph: 5 August 2021:
With more than 75 percent of the UK adult population now vaccinated for Covid, there is still a hard core of African and Caribbean people that are reluctant or hesitant to take the jab. In Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK, the City Council is working hard to promote uptake of the vaccines, especially across minority ethnic communities.
Through its Covid-19 Community Champions Micro Grant, Leeds City Council is providing funding to community and faith leaders and organisations to help develop publicity campaigns that will help encourage more people to come forward for the vaccine. (Photo: Dr. Babatunde Gbolade of the Nigerian Community Leeds, who is a champion of the Covid vaccine community campaign).
The Nigerian Community Leeds (NCL), UK in association with the Leeds African Communities Trust – of which the Sierra Leonean Community is part, have produced Covid vaccine campaign materials.
NCL are also organising a Zoom meeting to encourage those still hesitant about the Covid-19 vaccine to go and get vaccinated.
Speaking to the Sierra Leone Telegraph, Dr. Gbolade said that based on scientific evidence, the Covid vaccines are safe, and is encouraging all Africans and Caribbeans to take the vaccine so as to avoid hospitalisation and in some cases – death from the virus.
He says that those with serious concerns about the vaccine should speak with their General Practitioners who will give them appropriate information and advice, but warns that those refusing to take the vaccine based on social media propaganda are putting their lives at risk.
The campaign materials, include video clips, posters, and radio jingles.
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You are invited to the scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Covid-19, Freedom day and individual responsibilities
When: Sunday, Aug 8, 2021 at 07:00 PM London
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