Prince Charles has recently expressed his sadness at the fact that the uptake of the coronavirus vaccine amongst some ethnic communities is lower than the national average. He urged everyone to take the vaccine “to combat this relentless pandemic.”
The Prince took part in a day of action aimed at countering distrust and is backing a campaign to encourage black and Asian people to ignore anti-vaccine propaganda and get inoculated. Some statistics show that the take-up of the vaccine amongst parts of the black and Asian population is half that of the British white community.
Speaking at an online seminar hosted by the British Asian Trust, a charity of which he is the founding patron, the Prince said, “It is clear that the virus has affected all parts of the country, and all sections of society – but it is also clear that there are particular challenges faced in particular sections of our society, especially in some ethnic minority communities. What saddens me even further is to hear that those challenges are being made even worse by the variable uptake of the vaccines which finally offer us a way out of the suffering of the past year.”
Other participants at the event, which was streamed live to several Muslim television channels, included Nadhim Zahawi, the vaccines minister, and senior black and Asian doctors.
In another initiative, British Asian celebrities, including comedians Romesh Ranganathan and Meera Syal and cricketer Moeen Ali, have made a video urging people to get the Covid vaccine. The video was coordinated by Citizen Khan creator, Adil Ray, who said he wanted to dispel vaccination myths for those from ethnic minority communities. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and former Conservative Party Chairman, Baroness Warsi, was among others taking part.