Posted on 17 December 2020
CGHH Director Professor Sanjoy Bhattacharya has been quoted in an Al Jazeera article, 'Why do some ethnic minorities fear the coronavirus vaccine?' published on 8th December 2020.
The article writes about some of the reasons why some Black and Asian Britons are hesitant to take the new vaccine although they have suffered disproportionally throughout the pandemic. The article takes into account several personal accounts to explore why there is vaccine hesitancy.
Professor Bhattacharya provided his insight on the national and international health bodies. He said national and international establishments were responsible for boosting trust among ethnic minority communities. He advised governments should adapt to “economic and cultural complexities”, adding that in terms of the polio and smallpox vaccines, these kinds of failures were as “powerful as any disinformation spread by anti-vaccination lobbies”. “Resistance was not just linked to ‘misinformation’,” he explained. “It was also the lack of official clarity about evidence of vaccinal efficacy and safety, a general disinterest amongst programme leads about wider socio-economic difficulties impacting communities, and an inability to create respectful and trustworthy links with disadvantaged and ethnic minority groups.”
The full article can be accessed here.