Covid-19 Vaccination Programme: Information and Resources for Communities

As part of the Covid-19 vaccination programme, we have compiled below different information and resources currently available with a specific focus on communities that may have experienced marginalisation. We have also recently included important updates from Birmingham and Solihull CCG that can shared within your organisations / groups and communities.

Information and Resources

Birmingham and Solihull COVID-19 Vaccination Programme: Updates from BSoL Clinical Commissioning Group

Update as at 28/10/2021

12 to 15-year-olds – Grab a Jab weekends

This week we have held 12-15s clinics at Edgbaston, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, which have been well attended. At these appoinments parents have also had their jabs (either first, second or boosters) and some immunosuppressed families have come forward together.

In order to further widen access, NHS England have asked that all systems take part in their ‘Grab a Jab’ weekends (you may remember these from the summer campaign) and therefore Edgbaston will now be offering walk-in availability for 12-15s on the following days between 10am – 4pm;

  • Sunday 31 October
  • Sunday 7 November
  • Sunday 14 November

All 12-15s must be accompanied by a parent/guardian and resident in Birmingham and Solihull.

Below are some suggested messages for your social media channels to promote this and the NHS Grab a Jab artwork attached.

Social Post 1:

If you are aged 12-15, you can 'Grab a Jab' this weekend, Sunday 31 October, 10am - 4pm at Edgbaston Vaccination Hub. No appointment needed.

You must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and these walk-ins are for Birmingham and Solihull residents only.

If you'd like to find out more about the vaccine, please visit: https://www.birminghamandsolihullcovidvaccine.nhs.uk/what-you-need-to-know/

Social Post 2:

Have you had your COVID-19 vaccine yet? If you are aged 12-15, you can get yours this weekend before you head back to school. Pop along between 10am and 4pm on Sunday 31 October to Edgbaston Vaccination Hub, with your parent/guardian, and you can receive yours. No appointment is needed, however these walk-ins are for Birmingham and Solihull residents only.

If you'd like to find out more about the vaccine, please visit: https://www.birminghamandsolihullcovidvaccine.nhs.uk/what-you-need-to-know/

COVID-19 boosters

We have given over 100,000 booster doses in BSol. Currently, Solihull has the highest uptake at around 75% so we would encourage everyone to keep promoting to the public that there are a number of walk-in clinics, pharmacies and GPs offering the vaccine booster as well as plenty of capacity at Edgbaston Vaccination Centre.

View the walk-in clinics here: www.birminghamandsolihullcovidvaccine.nhs.uk/walk-ins.

Pregnancy

Please do continue to share the key messages around the importance of having the vaccination on your communication and engagement channels for both your staff and your communities/service users. There are a number of resources available to support this, including the Pregnancy toolkit.

Please also share the animation showing the statistics around pregnant women and ECMO across your channels: https://vimeo.com/631032740/807ee0e0ca

Staff who visit care homes

Please continue to promote messaging to staff who visit care homes, as part of their role. All visitors to care homes must have two doses of the vaccination by 11 November in order to enter; this is a legal requirement. Please use the latest resources we have shared to encourage health and social care staff to ensure they are double vaccinated. Please also remind staff that they will be required to take a lateral flow test upon arrival at the home.

Additional updates - previous weeks

12 to 15-year-olds

As you will have seen in the media, parents will be able to book COVID-19 vaccinations online for their children from the end of today (Friday) via the National Booking Service.

The NBS will provide an additional options locally for parents to book a vaccine for their child, alongside the current schools programme, which has already vaccinated nearly 25% of children in Birmingham and Solihull. More slots will be added over the coming days.

Any parents (or guardians) will receive a letter to their home address from NHS England very soon, advising how a child can have their vaccination if they did not have it in school for any reason such as illness, being homeschooled, being currently excluded or if they previously declined and have changed their mind.

Key message is: If your child has already been invited through their school, you do not need act unless you wish to get your child vaccinated outside of school.

Immunosuppressed patients’ third dose

The Joint Committee for Vaccinations & Immunisations (JCVI) has recommended that people who were severely immunosuppressed at the time of their first or second COVID-19 vaccination should be offered a third dose. This is an extra dose in response to evidence showing that they may not have responded as well to the vaccine as others and will therefore have lower levels of protection against COVID-19. It includes people with leukaemia, cancers and advanced HIV and people who have had recent organ transplants.

Consultants have, in conjunction with GPs, identified eligible patients and written out to them to arrange their vaccination however there are a significant number who have not taken up the third dose. We will circulate the specialties where uptake is particularly low so that you can support through your community groups and condition-related support groups in encouraging the immunosuppressed to come forward.

For clarity: This is not a booster, this is a third dose – a booster will be offered to this cohort in 6-months’ time.

For ease;

  • Children – one dose
  • Adults – two doses
  • Immunocompromised – three doses

View the latest communications materials to encourage uptake from those yet to have their first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine – these can be found in our October campaign toolkit 

Pregnancy

Currently 1 in 5 COVID-19 patients receiving ECMO treatment (used when the lungs are so damaged that a ventilator is not sufficient to maintain blood oxygen levels) is a pregnant woman. See NHSE info on this here.

There are a number of resources available to support this, including:

16 - 17 year olds

Our mobile vaccine vans can provide vaccinations for 16-17 year olds where Pfizer is available and these are also noted on the ‘Walk-in’ page on the vaccination website. All of the walk-in clinics on our website state the minimum age they can vaccinate – young people can find their nearest by visiting: www.birminghamandsolihullcovidvaccine.co.uk/walk-in

ACTION: Please share this animation for 16 and 17-year-olds

Translated social media

PHE have also provided some translated social media cards to encourage uptake in minority ethnic groups which you may find useful. These cards are being using in digital campaigns nationally, and to reach communities and speakers of specific languages. 

The social media graphics include translations in 25 languages: Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Chinese, Estonian, Farsi, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Latvian, Lithuanian, Panjabi, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Somali, Tagalog, Turkish, Twi, Ukrainian, Urdu and Yiddish.

British Islamic Medical Association (BIMA): COVID-19 Vaccine Hub

Your one stop shop on debunking myths surrounding the COVID 19 Vaccine: Read more including nine short videos.

Debunking the Myths

The following myths are addressed in a range of languages:

BIMA COVID-19 Vaccine Statements

BIMA Position Statement on Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine: Read more
Summary of BIMA Position Statement on Astrazeneca COVID-19 Vaccine: Read more
Statement on Changes to Vaccination Schedule for Pfizer/BioNTech Vaccines: Read more
Summary of BIMA Position Statement on Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine: Read more

Webinars

BIMA have supported organisations around the UK to deliver vital information around COVID and the vaccine.
Watch some of the many appearances from our members!

South Asian Health Foundation: Resources about Coronavirus

We have put together some resources and links in South Asian Languages to follow for advice during the Coronavirus Pandemic. There are several ways you can keep yourself and loved ones safe: https://www.sahf.org.uk/covid19

Specific information on the vaccine, includes:

  • COVID vaccine take-home messages
  • Dr Nikki Kanani, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam and David Pearson answer some important questions from health and care staff about the COVID vaccine.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination: What to expect. Please read the product information leaflet in Hindi for more details on the vaccine including side effects.
  • SAHF Trustees have had the COVID Vaccine; let's all get vaccinated and start to look forward to the end of the pandemic!

Muslim Women’s Network UK: Information Videos

MWNUK's trustee, Dr. Iram Sattar who is also a GP, has explained why it is important for people to take the vaccine in a recent blog post on, ''Covid-19 Vaccine Myths vs Facts' - https://bit.ly/35KQKbJ

Below are some short videos:

Please watch these videos, share them, and have conversations with your friends, families and colleagues. Together- we can help save lives.

The Inter Faith Network: COVID-19 and Vaccination

Their website contains information and guidance from faith communities about COVID-19 vaccination: https://www.interfaith.org.uk/news/covid-19-and-vaccination

Faith Organisations Guidance on vaccines

NHS England is leading an NHS anti-disinformation drive about the vaccinations. Religious leaders are amongst those with whom they are working, to help debunk myths about the vaccine https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-55666407.  Public Health England is also working to combat misinformation. Read more

The Hindu Council UK has noted that the Vaccine Deployment Minister Nadhim Zahawi, has assured that both vaccines do not contain human or animal products: Read more

The Muslim Council of Britain is supporting the position papers produced by the British Islamic Medical Association on the Pfizer and AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccines: Read more

The Archbishop of Canterbury is encouraging everyone to get the vaccine when they are invited to do so: Read more

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has said it is a 'religious imperative' to have the vaccination: Read more

Faith leaders in Scotland have signed a statement urging people to have the vaccination: Read more

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales has updated its statement on taking the vaccination: Read more

The Church of England information on the vaccine: Read more. Also see Bishops and church leaders target Covid vaccination misinformation.

Faith Organisations responding to Vaccines

Here is an example of one local response from the leader of the Jamia Masjid Ghausia in Burnley: Read more

Many places of worship are now being used as vaccination centres. These include:

Lichfield Cathedral 
Bedford's Guru Nanak Gurdwara 
Stourbridge National Spiritualist Church; and
a Jain Community Centre in Manchester.

The Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board has held a webinar about vaccinations to discuss the facts and debunk some of the myths: https://twitter.com/MINAB_UK/status/1348934558713073665

The British Board of Scholars & Imams

Top Ten Questions Imams & Scholars Get Asked About Vaccines

The British Board of Scholars & Imams (BBSI) is a national board of traditionally trained scholars and academics, some of whom are senior medical doctors, expert researchers & practitioners, including in fields such as sociology and anthropology. The BBSI has consulted its expert members and other Muslim scholarly and professional bodies, both from the UK and around the world, to produce these questions and answers. We have also liaised with official and independent bodies in preparation of this report - which can be viewed here.

Bahu Trust: Animated Videos

Bahu Trust have produced short, animated messages on vaccination, test & trace and social distancing in Urdu, Arabic, Bangla, and Sylheti.  Watch here. 

Near Neighbours: Community Videos

Near Neighbours have produced some short videos in several community languages to help people understand public health advice around the vaccine. 

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO DOWNLOAD THE VIDEOS AND USE THEM IN YOUR COMMUNICATIONS AND SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS.

Videos are available on request in different formats (optimized for Twitter and Instagram) - please send an email to [email protected] if you are interested in these alternative formats.

New videos and additional translations will be available shortly, so please visit this page regularly for further updates.

Information from Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group

A comprehensive list of FAQs and information is available on the dedicated Birmingham and Solihull COVID-19 Vaccination website to aid you in answering questions. However please do let BSoL Communications know if there are concerns being raised that are not covered in the FAQs.

FAQ includes Vaccine ingredients:

“What are the vaccine ingredients?’’

“Information on the vaccine ingredients have been provided by the MHRA. The MHRA have confirmed that both approved COVID-19 vaccines do not contain any animal products. A full list of ingredients for the qualitative and quantitative composition of the vaccine and a full list of the excipient composition of the vaccine can be found at point 6 in the Information for Recipients of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca.’’

There is also a downloadable guide on the Covid Vaccine in a range of community languages (read more):

Information from NHS England and NHS Improvement London

COVID-19 vaccine communication materials: Vaccine information in community languages

NHS doctors, nurses and other frontline staff have come forward to help reassure communities that COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and have been independently tested to the highest standards.

NHS staff have recorded messages in some of the most commonly spoken languages – apart from English – in the capital to help ensure messages about the importance of getting a COVID-19 vaccine reach all Londoners.

They explain how the vaccine is given, and give clear evidence that the vaccines work and are safe. It is hoped that the videos will be shared among friends, families, faith and community groups via WhatsApp, text message and on social media. You can view the script in English and download the videos here.

The languages the videos have been produced in are the following languages:

  • Arabic
  • Bengali
  • Gujarati
  • Igbo
  • Nepali
  • Polish
  • Punjabi
  • Romanian
  • Somali
  • Spanish
  • Swahili
  • Turkish
  • Urdu
  • Yoruba

Doctors of the World: Coronavirus (Covid-19) Vaccine Guidance

Doctors of the World, in partnership with the British Red Cross, has produced translated coronavirus vaccine guidance for migrant and other excluded communities in England, Scotland, and Wales, to ensure everyone can access essential information about the coronavirus vaccines.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It gives the best protection against coronavirus.

The guidance includes advice on who can get the coronavirus vaccine and how to get it, as well as information on the safety, effectiveness, side effects, and ingredients of the vaccine.

It can be viewed online or downloaded for free, and is available in the following languages with more to come!

Now available: English, Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Dari, Farsi, Filipino, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Indonesian, Kurdish Sorani, Malayalam, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Somali, Tamil, Tigrinya, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Twi, Ukrainian, Urdu and Vietnamese.

Please share widely so that everyone can access this important information in their own language.

This project is supported by Migration Exchange.

You can find more translated resources, including wellbeing guidance and infographics on migrants’ right to healthcare, here.

Information from BBC - Covid: Vaccine scams in South Asian languages

As coronavirus vaccines are being rolled out across the UK, fraudsters are using this as an opportunity to scam people. The NHS is warning everyone to be vigilant about fake vaccination invitations.

These scam emails, calls or texts often ask for personal and financial information, but the vaccine is free and the NHS would never ask for bank details. The National Cyber Security Centre and Action Fraud have asked anyone who receives a suspicious email or text to report it.

BBC Asian Network is helping people in the South Asian community to spot potential scams, with advice videos in five South Asian languages: Urdu, Punjabi, Sylheti, Tamil and Gujarati.

Read more

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Check before you share

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is leading a campaign to help tackle the spread of false
information about the COVID-19 vaccine. We have developed tailored social media posts fronted by trusted community members (faith leaders, clinicians and community leaders). These posts include simple tips on how to spot false information, critically analyse sources and stop its spread, signposting to the NHS as the most accurate source of information about the COVID19 vaccine. The key message is to check before you share.

The intention of this toolkit is to empower people with the tools and knowledge they need to help counter false information within their communities.

The National Lottery Community Fund

Here's a helpful toolkit to talk to your community about vaccination

Information from Crisis: Information for people experiencing homelessness

We know there is a huge appetite across the sector to have trustworthy, accessible information for people experiencing homelessness who have either had the vaccine or are likely to be offered it soon.

Using questions from a recent national peer network meeting, Groundswell have been gathering vaccine questions and answers from Professor Andrew Hayward, PHE, NHS England and more. Not all questions have been answered yet (we're working on it!) but we have enough to create the following 2 resources: 

1) About the COVID-19 vaccine. Answering questions on how the vaccine works, its development, how we know it’s safe for us all and access

2) After the COVID-19 vaccine. For people who have had their first vaccine and want to understand how it’s working, why they must follow the Government restrictions still and possible side effects.

We hope these guides are helpful – please feel free to share with your networks.  These guides can be viewed online or printed on a standard office printer.

Homeless Link: COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

A collection of resources related to COVID-19 vaccinations for frontline workers and people experiencing homelessness. 

Groundswell: The COVID-19 vaccine

Information about the COVID-19 vaccine and GP registration for people experiencing homelessness which can be viewed here. There are also guides in a range of languages.

Public Health England Information on COVID-19 vaccination: easy-read guides

Public Health England have produced a number of documents and easy-read guides providing information on coronavirus (COVID-19) and vaccination. These include different languages, large print versions and British Sign Language videos.

PHE easy read Covid vaccination leaflet
PHE easy read What to expect after the vaccine leaflet
• PHE easy read Consent form for adults

Public Health Birmingham: Vaccine Toolkit

The toolkit has been created to help answer any questions or concerns the public may have about getting their vaccine and covers the following:

  • What are vaccines?
  • Vaccine safety
  • Vaccine & religion
  • Booking appointments and what to expect
  • Side effects
  • Tackling misinformation
  • Quotes across the community
  • Latest updates

NHS England and NHS Improvement: Information about the covid vaccine for people with a learning disability and autistic people

Everyone on the doctors learning disability register will be invited to have their coronavirus vaccination if they haven’t already had it. This short film which talks about coronavirus and the coronavirus vaccine. It describes what a vaccine is and how you might feel when you have the vaccine and how important it is to have the vaccine.  This video was produced by Skills for People and Learning Disability England.

NHS Black Country and West Birmingham CCG: British Sign Language Video

A British Sign Language guide to your COVID-19 vaccination, signed by Kirsty Gray, with the assistance of Ryan Ball and Sandwell Deaf Community Association. Watch on YouTube.

Information from Dementia UK: Useful tips on the Covid-19 vaccine for people with dementia

The national COVID-19 vaccination is now being offered as a priority to individuals who are at highest risk of catching the infection and of suffering serious complications.  This includes people living with dementia and those who have certain conditions that increase their risk of becoming seriously ill.  Dementia UK has also compiled some useful information and guidance for family and friends including frequently asked questions.

Public Health England: COVID-19 vaccination women of childbearing age, currently pregnant or breastfeeding

Information for all women of childbearing age, those currently pregnant or breastfeeding on coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination. Guides are available in a range of languages.

Anxiety UK: Covid 19 vaccine support (needle phobia)

On the website you’ll find a range of support tools you can access to help you manage/support someone with needle/injection phobia and is worried about getting the Covid-19 vaccine.

Webinars

View and register for upcoming webinars here - where you can also access recordings from previous Q&A sessions.

Social Media posts

Tweet from Councillor Paulette Hamilton: "I have been supporting the vaccine roll out and am now a vaccinator. I have received my first dose of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine. I felt no pain, and it took a matter of seconds. I met some lovely people at the vaccine centre!"

Tweet / video from NHS B’ham & Solihull CCG: "Please consider having this vaccination as soon as you can, so that we can all protect each other. Please watch Dr Onyinye's powerful plea for everyone to get the #COVD19 vaccine as soon as they are able’’:

Tweet from Legacy WM, an organisation based in Ladywood constituency: “Legacy WM staff have been offered Covid-19 vaccination because of our work with the local community. If you are offered the jab please take it - you'll be protecting others as well as yourself #COVIDVaccination’’:

Tweet / video from Sheikh Nuru Mohammed , local faith leader having the first dose of the vaccine: “Alhamdu Lillah! Received my first dose. #NoToFakeNews #YesToVaccine’’:
Note: this has been shared widely across other twitter accounts.

Tweet / photo from Saeed @S_H_Saeed, Citizens UK Organiser: “Alhamdulillah my father, retired Imam of Wills St Masjid in Lozells & an elder amongst the Bangladeshi Ulema in the city got his Covid vaccine today. He said: "Please get your jab when you are called. Don't avoid it."

Tweet / video from Adil Ray OBE, “We all have to do something to help one another during these difficult times. Here's a message we have recorded for members of our Ethnic Minority communities. Please share and retweet. #covid19 #vaccine’’

Tweet / video from the Department of Health and Social Care “If you are worried about the vaccine having any pork or beef or animal products or foetal cells in it, it does not. Watch @DrAmirKhanGP explain how the #COVID19 vaccine is suitable for people from all faith groups’’:

Tweet / video from NHS England and NHS Improvement: “‘It must be safe if a son gives the vaccine to his father’. Brothers Aneet and Maneet became pharmacists to help their community — inspired by their 80-year-old father Suneel who moved to Manchester in 1965 from India. Suneel was one of their first patients at @WhalleyRangeTen’’ 

Tweet / video from Afzal Khan MPWe are Members of Parliament from different parties and from different South Asian backgrounds. But we have come together to share with you an important message. Please, when it is your turn, take the COVID-19 vaccine’’

Video on YouTube from West Midlands Lieutenancy - "The Lord-Lieutenant and Deputy Lieutenants of the West Midlands support the vaccination programme in the West Midlands."

Video from Beverly Lindsay OBE - CEO Diamond travel and former Vice Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands, has been promoting the Covid-19 vaccine in her community and has created this short video.

Video on YouTube from Sir Lenny HenryA letter to loved ones about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Video on YouTube from Nigerian GPs UK - A Public Health awareness message about the COVID vaccination from NGPUK.

Video on YouTube from Aisha Mosque and Islamic Centre of Walsall - Aisha Mosque COVID Vaccination Programme 2021.

Video on YouTube from The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) – How are Covid-19 vaccines being developed so quickly

Video on YouTube from Holy Trinity Church, Birchfield - "Recognising the hesitance, mistrust, and unease, Revd. Eve discusses impact of covid-19, the vaccine and has an appeal for our community.''

Video on YouTube from Association of Muslim Supplementary Schools UK - "Message for our Muslim communities who are still deciding whether or not to take the Covid-19 Vaccination.  Covid-19 Vaccination in Urdu.''

Video on YouTube from Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) - "Clenton Farquharson TLAP chair getting the vaccine for Covid-19"

Video on YouTube from Birmingham City Council - BAME councillors promote vaccine uptake in the city

Video on YouTube from Sandwell & West Birmingham NHS TrustThe COVID vaccination - doctors talk about its importance | COVID-19

Video on YouTube from Sandwell & West Birmingham NHS Trust - Chizo Agwu, Deputy Medical Director - Importance of getting COVID vaccination

Video on YouTube from Sandwell & West Birmingham NHS Trust  - Dr Harj Kainth's important message about COVID-19 | Punjabi

Tweet / video from BBC News “Birmingham mosque becomes UK's first to offer Covid vaccine https://bbc.in/2Y4QLms”

Video on YouTube from Jake Bowers "Gypsies, Roma, Travellers and Showmen unite to Give COVID the Jab - A powerful new film from Romany journalist and film maker Jake Bowers, backed by the NHS in Surrey, is encouraging Gypsy, Roma, Traveller and Showmen to give COVID the jab and get vaccinated."

News Articles

BBC Asian Network creates new Coronavirus advice videos in South Asian languages to target vaccine disinformation

BBC Asian Network is targeting disinformation and conspiracy theories surrounding the Covid-19 vaccines with a new series of videos in five different languages. The videos in Urdu, Punjabi, Sylheti, Gujarati and Tamil follow the success of the team’s Coronavirus advice videos during the first lockdown, which had more than a million views.

The new series, explained by a mix of news reporters and medical experts, will be published weekly and target Asian people who struggle with English as their first language. Topics include England’s three-tier system, advice for high-risk groups, vaccine developments, looking after your mental health, and how test and trace works.

Journalists Nalini Sivathasan and Sarika Unadkat are producing the videos as well as supplying an audio stream to 15 community radio stations in England, to ensure the messages are shared as widely as possible. Arif Ansari, BBC Asian Network’s Head of News, says: “Although we normally work in English for a UK audience, the last series of Coronavirus language advice videos had a huge response and we wanted to build on that.

“This is a confusing time for everyone, with restrictions frequently changing and accurate information being undermined by misinformation, disinformation and conspiracy theories. At least we can help reduce the added challenge of a language barrier and provide a crucial service to British Asians and their families during this crisis.”

BBC Asian Network is publishing the videos on the News website and across its Twitter and Facebook accounts.
View the Coronavirus vaccine Q&A videos in five South Asian languages: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-55279549 

For more information: https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/2020/bbc-asian-network-coronavirus-advice-videos

Birmingham Mosque issues statement over Covid vaccine fears

Green Lane Masjid and Community Centre urges Muslim community to follow medical advice as it tries to counteract 'growing scepticism surrounding the vaccine

GLMCC Executive Assistant & Editor Nusaybah Naeem said: "As a leading UK mosque, we urge the Muslim community to follow the advice of medical experts and professionals as we continue to fight this virus.

"As Muslims, it is part of our faith to make fact-based decisions based on the guidance we are given by leading experts. We remind our community of the sanctity of human life, and the responsibility we hold to act in a way that is safe, sensible and protective to society as a whole."

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/mosque-statement-covid-vaccine-fears-19706404

Birmingham Mail: Vaccination hub to open in Balsall Heath mosque to reach more vulnerable residents – dated Tuesday 19/01/2021

A leading mosque in the city is to open a vaccine hub in its community halls to support the rollout and hopes other faith settings will follow suit.

The Al Abbas Islamic Centre in Clifton Road, Balsall Heath, stepped forward to provide vaccinations to ensure people living nearby and their families had somewhere familiar and safe to get their jabs. The hub officially opens on Thursday. It will provide another option to locals, alongside GP hubs, hospitals and the mass vaccination centre at Millennium Point. Appointments can be made online and are open to all of the vulnerable groups now prioritised for the vaccine - including over 70s, health and care workers and those deemed extremely clinically vulnerable.

Mosque trustee Haider Hudda said the venue's leadership committee, guided by medical experts, were keen to play their part in supporting the rollout and the local community.

Leading the way to encourage others to take up the vaccine is Imam Sheikh Nuru Mohammed, who posted a photo receiving his jab with the twitter message: "Alhamdu Lillah! Received my first dose. #NoToFakeNews#YesToVaccine"

Inside the mosque, two community Imambargah halls are side-by-side and large enough to hold up to 500 people each during non-Covid visits. The space available makes it a safe venue for vaccines. Visitors will be received and checked in inside one hall, then move into the other for their vaccine and short recovery period, before exiting safely, said Mr Hudda.

"We want to benefit the community at large and are happy to provide our facilities. It is run by the NHS but with our support," he added.

See the full article here: https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/vaccination-hub-open-balsall-heath-19650610 

Covid vaccination hub set to open at Green Lane mosque - dated 4th March 2021

Faith leaders at mosque in Small Heath eager to support vaccination rollout, becoming second Islamic setting in city to become permanent hub.  

One of Birmingham's biggest mosques is set to open as a vaccination hub in an area of the city where levels are currently 'as low as 50% for some groups'.

Faith leaders from Green Lane mosque in Small Heath hope their efforts will make it easier for their congregation and residents living in nearby neighbourhoods to get their jab when they are called to help drive down infection rates and protect each other as lockdown restrictions ease.

Mohammed Saeed, chairman of the mosque trustees, said vaccination levels in deprived areas like Small Heath are currently as low as 50% for some groups, compared to almost 90% in other areas of Birmingham.

The mosque says the vax hub is waiting on a final approval from NHS England to go ahead - but they hope it will be the latest sign of its efforts to support the local community through the coronavirus pandemic

See the full article here: https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/covid-vaccination-hub-set-open-19917078 

News article Romania-Insider.com: Romania’s president gets first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Romanian president Klaus Iohannis received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine publicly on Friday morning, January 15, marking the start of the second phase of the country's vaccination campaign.

"I just got vaccinated. It is a simple procedure, it does not hurt, and I want to emphasize that this vaccine is safe, effective, and I recommend vaccination to everyone," the president said.

"Vaccination and compliance with the restriction measures will help us stop the pandemic," he added.
https://www.romania-insider.com/romania-president-covid-vaccine-january-2021

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