UK Politics

Pressure on government over ethnic minority vaccines

BY Olivia Gavoyannis   /  4 February 2021

The vaccine rollout is gathering pace. More than 10 million people in the UK have now received their first dose of the Covid-19 jab, including nine in ten of those aged 75 and over in England. But there is growing concern about the uptake among ethnic minority groups.

New analysis has found that vaccination rates for the Covid-19 jab in England are much lower among non-white people aged 80 and above compared to their white counterparts, and the chief executive of NHS England has expressed “genuine and deep concern” about the issue.

But why are some people from ethnic minority groups more hesitant to take the vaccine? According to Dr Rochelle Burgess, a lecturer in global health at UCL, vaccine hesitancy is rooted in a historic lack of trust.


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