05 August 2021
As we enter another month of UK-wide lockdown, we are only too aware that isolation has been difficult for many of our beneficiaries. We have found it hugely frustrating ourselves not being able to host a regular cycle of in-person events at our Feltham Centre; however, we are still able to provide a great deal of assistance online and over the phone. If you need help, please contact us.
Unlike in previous lockdowns, there are now significant grounds for optimism owing to the UK’s ongoing vaccination roll-out. So far, the results have been overwhelmingly positive and reassuring. The vaccines are highly effective at reducing the rates of infection, illness, and hospitalisation from COVID-19.
The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, for instance, has confirmed almost 100% protection against severe disease, hospitalization and death in its final analysis. This has allowed the government to plan for the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions.
As with previous national vaccination programmes in the UK, reported vaccine uptake has been lower amongst BAME communities, which is particularly concerning given that many of these groups are at greater risk of becoming seriously ill with COVID-19. A recent UK poll conducted by the Royal Society for Public Health suggests that only 57% of respondents from minority ethnic groups were likely to accept a vaccine, compared with 79% of White respondents (with only 55% of respondents of Asian ethnicity likely to say yes). There are various factors which explain this trend, including a higher perception of risk, a general distrust in public healthcare, and an increased susceptibility to misinformation surrounding vaccinations.
As a community organisation, we at the ACAA would like to emphasise the safety and importance of the vaccination programme to all our beneficiaries. For those who have reservations about being vaccinated, we would like to reassure you by debunking any myths and pointing out the relevant facts.
For example, many people fear that a vaccine will make them ill because they are injected with a germ; however, this is not what happens with a COVID-19 vaccine. Instead, a new type of Messenger RNA vaccine (mRNA) has been deployed, one which gives instructions to our body’s cells on how to make proteins that trigger an immune response. This response is what then protects you from the COVID-19 virus if you are exposed.
For this reason, it is vital that you protect yourself and others by having the vaccine as soon as possible. You will be called forward in your local area over the comings months once it is time for your age-group to be vaccinated. For more information, please visit the UK Government website.
As we look forward to better times, the ACAA would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your continuous support, without which we would not be able to serve our beneficiaries and the wider community.