We provide high quality healthcare services primarily to the residents of East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen, which have a combined population in the region of 530,000.
We know there is evidence of disproportionate mortality and morbidity amongst black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people, who have contracted COVID-19.
The COVID-19 vaccine gives the best protection against coronavirus, so it is critical that everyone who is eligible accepts the vaccine when it is offered to them, especially those from at-risk communities.
Below are a range of resources aimed at these communities, to reassure people of the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine.
The BBC Asian Network has published coronavirus videos in different South Asian languages, including Punjabi, Urdu, Gujarati, Sylheti and Tamil.
These videos feature doctors answering questions from their older relatives about the coronavirus variants and vaccine.
These videos feature a Coronavirus Q&A.
These videos 'debunk' COVID vaccination myths.
These videos explain the new strains of Coronavirus.
A group of celebrities have released a video addressing vaccine misinformation in BAME communities. The group, including actors Adil Ray and Meera Syal, as well as cricketeer Moeen Ali and presenter Konnie Huq, appealed to black, Asian and ethnic minority communities in the UK to help address hesitancy around the COVID-19 vaccine.
“I felt it was important to do my bit, so I wrote this letter to Black Britain asking people not to get left behind, to not continue to be disproportionately impacted and to trust the facts from our doctors, professors and scientists."
Doctors of the World has created COVID-19 translated resources in 60 languages, which were produced in partnership with the British Red Cross.
The complete list: Afrikaans*, Albanian*, Amharic*, Arabic*, Armenian*, Bengali, Bulgarian*, Burmese, Czech, Dari, Dutch, English*, Estonian, Farsi, Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hausa, Hindi, Hungarian, Igbo, Indonesian, Italian, Kiswahili, Korean, Krio, Kurdish Sorani, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malayalam, Nepali, Oromo, Pahari, Pashto, Pidgin, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Romany, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Sindhi, Slovak, Somali, Spanish, Tamil, Tetum, Tigrinya, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, Vietnamese, Wolof, Yiddish, Yoruba.
Click here to access the resources.
The RCOG and the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) are aware that there has been some misinformation circulating about the impact of Covid-19 vaccines on fertility.
Dr Edward Morris, President at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said: “We want to reassure women that there is no evidence to suggest that Covid-19 vaccines will affect fertility. Claims of any effect of Covid-19 vaccination on fertility are speculative and not supported by any data.
“There is no biologically plausible mechanism by which current vaccines would cause any impact on women's fertility. Evidence has not been presented that women who have been vaccinated have gone on to have fertility problems."
Read more here.
NHS England and NHS Improvement have worked with Miss Toli S Onon, Joint Group Medical Director at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust to produce a short film clip, talking about the COVID vaccine and fertility.
The Muslim Council of Britain has produced new guidance for Muslims on staying safe during Ramadan, and Eid celebrations during the pandemic.
Click here to view the resources.