The project will provide an open dialogue for citizens, community leaders and professionals to engage in, using virtual zoom sessions to spark debates and addressing key issues within the BAME community; conducting online surveys to understand the problem, explore tools required to start building trust with central government and health care system to build mutual understanding.
The information presented was sourced from the Vaccination data for England on the 2nd February 2021 by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (also known as SAGE).
The slide above illustrates, all ethnic groups in England have a level of hesitancy when it comes to taking the vaccine. However, there is a big disparity between each ethnic groups, with white british people having the lowest hesitancy rate of 15%. Comparing this with the rate of people from mixed heritage, this is doubled at 32%. The South Asian community has 42% hesitancy, and the black community has the highest rate of hesitancy, with 72% of people from the black or black british community having a lack of confidence of taking the vaccine .
In essence, what the data is telling us is that you are 5 times more lively to be covid-19 hesitant when you come from a minority ethnic group in England.
This information was sourced from the vaccination data for England by SAGE (2021).
Whilst the previous data showed that vaccine hesitancy exists across different ethnic groups in England, there has been a level of uptake for the covid-19 vaccine in each ethnic group. With people from a white background having the highest uptake, with 14.40% having been vaccinated. Comparing this with people from other ethnic backgrounds, the percentage drastically decreases.
The first drop we see, is in the percentage of the Asian community, with only 9.20% of people from an Asian background having been vaccinated. The second drop is even lower, with 6.80% of people from a black background being vaccinated. People from a mixed heritage background, have the lowest percentage of people being vaccinated, with only 4.70% having taken the vaccine.
The data illustrates, that if you are part of a minority ethnic group in England, you are up to 3 times less likely to have been covid-19 vaccinated.
Looking at this data allows us to gain a better insight of how vaccine hesitancy correlates directly with vaccine uptake.
Of the 1.2 million staff employed by NHS, 20.7% belong to Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) background.
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