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Local GP Videos Aim to Support Vaccine Uptake amongst Minority Ethnic Communities

Credit: Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board has worked closely with Muslim Doctors Cymru and a number of General Practitioners from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities across Cardiff and the Vale to produce a series of bite-sized educational videos from trusted professionals to support people in making an informed choice about the Covid-19 vaccination.

The Health Board is asking local community and healthcare partners to support this latest campaign by sharing the resources with local community groups. The work aims to increase COVID-19 vaccine uptake amongst some of the groups who have been disproportionately impacted by the virus. Each short video focusses on a different topic of concern around the vaccine including efficacy, safety and side effects, impact on underlying conditions and vaccine ingredients.

The results of a Public Health Wales report released last month showed that at an all Wales level, older people of white ethnic groups appeared to be taking up the vaccine faster than older people in combined Black, Asian, Mixed and Other ethnic groups.

Fiona Kinghorn, Executive Director of Public Health, said “I am really concerned to understand the extent to which these figures reflect our local picture in Cardiff and Vale, but in the meantime we are doing all we can to engage with our local communities to find out if there are any barriers to having the vaccine.

“Making sure that all our residents are able to make an informed choice around vaccination is a strong priority for the Health Board. Over one in three Cardiff and Vale residents have had the vaccine so far and each person who is vaccinated is helping to protect our older and vulnerable family members.

“I really would encourage all adult members of our local communities in Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan to take up the vaccine when it is offered. It is really important for your protection.’

“As more vaccine is available, we will be working hard to make sure that all those invited get their questions answered and the help they need to get to their vaccine appointment. Frequently Asked Questions about the COVID-19 vaccine are answered in a range of languages and can be found here.

The videos are available here in English and Welsh and can be accessed here, along with a communications toolkit to support dissemination to local communities.