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

Care Homes update – 2 September 2021

As we shared last week, care staff and colleagues who may be entering care homes for example GPs, maintenance workers, are now mandated to have two vaccinations to legally be able to enter a care home. Thursday 16 September is the last opportunity unvaccinated staff have to get their first vaccination, to meet the double vaccinated deadline of 11 November.

A significant number of care home staff in Birmingham and Solihull (around 20% of those employed by care homes) have yet to be vaccinated and this raises serious concerns about significant workforce pressures in the winter and our ability as a system to care for some of our most vulnerable people.

COMMS TOOLKIT:

OTHER SUPPORT:

  • A telephone advice line is being set up for care workers who wish to discuss particular concerns with a clinically-trained member of the vaccination team
  • Visiting GPs will be happing to speak to staff within care homes about the concerns or hesitancy

Updates – 27 August 2021

The next week is going to be one of the busiest and most challenging for the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme as we step up to deliver vaccinations through secondary schools to those ages 12-15 and care home  vaccinations, whilst continuing to deliver the wider programme and prepare for the flu and COVID boosters, which will begin in late September/early October.

Care homes

Care home staff are mandated to have two vaccinations to legally be able to continue with their employment. Thursday 16 September is the last opportunity unvaccinated staff have to get their first vaccination, to meet the double vaccinated deadline of 11 November. A significant number of care home staff in Birmingham and Solihull have yet to be vaccinated and this raises serious concerns about significant workforce pressures in the winter and care for some of our most vulnerable people. Work is going on with care home staff to support them.

ACTION: Please share this video across your social media channels (please note: paid for Facebook advertising is currently live, so no need to duplicate).

Example social media copy:  If you work in a care home, it is a legal requirement to be double vaccinated by 11 November 2021. If you haven't already had your first vaccination, you will need to have it by 16 September. Search ‘COVID Vaccination Birmingham and Solihull’.

16 and 17 year olds

Encouragingly, we are seeing increasing numbers of young adults aged 16-17. This week we have moved from 19% uptake to 34% uptake however, clearly still much to do to encourage young adults to have the vaccine. 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

Pregnancy

Considerable efforts are being made to have one-to-one conversations with pregnant women about the vaccine and reassurance of its safety and our mobile vans have been in attendance at our maternity units across the system. The vans see on average around 20-30 pregnant women a day at the Maternity Units, however we would like this to increase. There are some 6,000 women in Birmingham and Solihull currently registered as pregnant so a considerable number left to be vaccinated.

ACTION: Please do share the key messages in the toolkits on your communication and engagement channels for both your staff and your communities/service users.

Vaccination centres

Please be reminded that our mass vaccination centres are changing;

  • Edgbaston has and will continue as the main Vaccination Centre
  • Villa Park is closing last weekend of August and any future appointments moved to an alternative location.
  • Millennium Point is due to close on 31 August.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

  • Please schedule regular vaccine messaging via your own social media accounts and/or share our posts with your followers: Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
  • Please share this latest information with your networks and contacts.  
  • Please check the Birmingham and Solihull vaccination website regularly, as it is kept up-to-date with the latest details.

Update - 13/08/2021: Toolkits and assets

Please see updated ‘Pregnancy’ vaccination toolkit for promoting vaccinations across Birmingham and Solihull. In particular, we are keen to encourage pregnant women to be vaccinated as the Delta strain significantly increases complications during birth – more so than other strains.

While we continue to push the health benefits of vaccination, we also have assets that promote the lifestyle benefits of vaccination – such as the changing of self-isolation rules for those who have been ‘double jabbed’ and the vaccination passports for nightclubs and other leisure activities – which resonate with younger audiences. We are keen to encourage uptake in the 30-39s to come forward as this cohort is slower than the others.

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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