Kiran Khan / Vaccination
Kiran Khan / Vaccination

2020 was a very difficult year for families across this country due to the Covid 19 pandemic, but we are all hoping 2021 will prove to be brighter as the vaccine is rolled out across the country.

We know that COVID-19 has affected members of the BAME community disproportionately, so the diversity of Crawley’s population makes it all the more important that we see a good up-take of the vaccine in our town. That is why, as BAME Officer for Crawley Labour Party and a member of the BAME community myself, I am urging everyone who can, to get the vaccination when the NHS contacts them.

The best thing you can do to help protect your community is to take the vaccine – it is our only way out of this pandemic and our only route back to normality.

There are many scare stories circulating, we’ve all seen them so it’s easy to understand why some people may be concerned. But when you look at the scientific facts, and listen to the real experts, there really is no credible evidence for these rumours at all.

None of the vaccines contain pork or any material of foetal or animal origin. They have been fully tested on BAME people, have already been given to millions and, unlike the disease itself there is NO evidence that they affect people from ethnic minority backgrounds differently.

Taking the Covid-19 vaccine is the only way to boost your immunity and to protect yourself and others around you.  The vaccine has gone through the same processes and regulations as any other vaccine, this has been possible within months of the pandemic starting because globally, every effort and resource has been put into its development.

Dame Donna Kinnair, chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing, a member of our community herself, is urging us all to overcome any apparent reluctance and to take the vaccine because not to do so flies in the face of what she has seen first-hand. She said; “For someone like me, who stood in the Nightingale, and saw row after row of BAME patients being ventilated – and seeing how it disproportionately affected people from the BAME community – I’d be urging everybody to take the vaccine.”

The government’s original plan of herd immunity and its subsequent indecision has led to Britain to having possibly the worst death rate in the world – it has been a painful disaster for us all.

So please, let’s be part of the solution. Ethnic Minority communities have suffered enough because of this dreadful pandemic. Help save lives across all communities – take the vaccine when it is offered to you.

Kiran Khan     

Labour Candidate, Broadfield 2021

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