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Bilal Centre to encorage vaccination among people of colour

A new Covid-19 vaccination centre has opened in Harehills amid concerns about the lack of uptake among black and Asian communities.

Local data has shown that there are fewer black and Asian people receiving their vaccinations. This is despite Covid-19 disproportionately affecting Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority (BAME) groups.

It is hoped that the pop-up service, in the Bilal Centre in Conway Road, will encourage more people to get their jabs. Dr Amal Paul, GP and Clinical Director for Burmantofts, Harehills and Richmond Hill PCN, said: “Our local intelligence has shown that vaccination uptake is lower amongst different ethnically diverse communities and we know COVID-19 has disproportionately affected Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority (BAME) groups so it is very important they have the vaccine to get protected.

“The pop-up clinic will hopefully help to encourage more patients in the local community to have their vaccination by offering it in a venue that they feel comfortable attending.

“We know there’s a lot of misinformation on the vaccine on social media platforms, which is why we’re offering local patients the opportunity to come and talk to us and local community leaders if they’re unsure or have concerns about the vaccine.

“It’s important that patients understand how the vaccine will help protect them against the disease and reduce their risk of becoming seriously unwell.”

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