No, thank you

There was a very interesting article on the News just now. Leicester is pretty much slap bang in the middle of England, It has a large proportion of Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority residents (BAME). It also got hit quite badly by COVID. They were one of the first hotspots way back last summer, and they never really calmed down.

Now that the vaccine has arrived, they’re starting to see an interesting statistic. Uptake among White residents is high – it is high pretty much everywhere in the UK. However, uptake in the BAME population is significantly lower.

Okay, some of us could maybe put that down to education. BAME people do not understand the benefits of the vaccine in the same way that White people do. But this argument is nonsense because they also surveyed the sectors in which people worked, and BAME *doctors* were also a very low uptake. I’d have thought a doctor would be savvier about the benefits of the COVID vaccine than most, wouldn’t you? And yet they still refuse the vaccine.

Where there was a correlation, however, was in trust. As in, how much these people trust the system.

It’s funny, because we have people who quite eloquently, and very vocally, point out how BAME people are treated differently to Whites. From what I have seen, everything they say is true. And it is only 10 years since our government was found out – trying to forcibly repatriate people back to the Carribean, because they didn’t have the correct documentation, which they had never been given in the first place. Hard-nosed politicians seem to have, for years, felt that they can take these steps with impunity, they could do whatever they want without repercussions. But I wonder whether what we are seeing is the payback?


  1. I hope they’re being offered the same quantity of vaccines. In the U.S. there are suspiciously larger quantities of the vaccine in affluent communities and certain boroughs and cities, no one seems to have any to give, even if you’re willing and eligible to receive it. Timely post!

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    • I have no idea to be honest. There were stories early on about some areas getting more than others, but I got the impression it was pretty small-fry and based on efficienxy rather than affluence or ethnicity .
      I assume that, by now, all hospital workers countrywide would have been offered the vaccine..

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      • I think most teachers have been offered the vaccine here and at home as well. But, we have family in a lower socio-economic area near D.C., and they just can’t seem to get an appointment, even though their ages and health conditions qualify them. I’m about to encourage them to just use one of our friends addresses in the burbs to see if they can get it out there.

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    • To K. The UK has enough vaccine now and in production to go around everyone. 90% of people over the age of 70 have accepted the vaccine and have been vaccinated, and those over the age of sixty have now begun the vaccination programme.

      The government here is eager to meet its high vaccination aims, with the ethnic communities being targeted in a big way to take up the offer of the vaccine. They are usually the ones in the poorest, deprived areas, living in multi-generational households, many don’t read English and are frightened of what the vaccine contains, and are hard hit by the virus. As a nation, in order to beat the virus we need a higher take up of the vaccine from these communities.

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  2. Interesting question. We have the same problem here in the minority communities. I’m going to go out on a limb and say the lack of trust shouldn’t surprise any of us if we look at the way minorities have routinely been treated over the years. A perfect example here in the US is an African-American lady by the name of Henrietta Lacks. She came down with cervical cancer and a biopsy was taken of the tumor (in 1951) without her permission (not sure how that happened, unless under anesthesia?). No consent was asked, none was given. The cells were given to a cancer researcher who developed the first “immortal” cancer cell line called the HeLa cell line. It keeps reproducing under certain, well regulated conditions and is used to this day for cancer research. She, nor her family were told of the biopsy, or ever compensated in anyway for the benefits the cells produced in research.

    Based on that (any many other instances) I can understand the mistrust minorities have for getting vaccines. We’ve rarely if ever given them a reason to trust us. I would also add that here in the US, there are a large number of white folks who won’t get the vaccine either. The main reason, from my point of view, is that they listen to too much hype from quacks and conspiracy theorists without doing their own homework, searching for real facts.

    My mom had polio in 1953 when I was only 7 years old. Luckily, it was a mild form that only affected her left leg. Even at that, it took her over a year to regain use of that leg. When the Salk vaccine came out, there was no way in hell we were going to avoid getting it. She knew first hand what polio caused and made sure my brothers and I were protected. Even then, there were a lot of people who poo-pooed the idea and refused to get the Salk shot. I would like to say we learn from history, but in fact we don’t.


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