Vaccination of millions of people and rapid improvement: The UK vaccination program is by far a success story. But there are also disadvantages – the causes are social problems. The royal family wants to help.
The numbers are very interesting. Nearly every third adult in Great Britain has already received the first vaccine against corona, with hundreds of thousands being added every day, and the number of new infections is gradually declining. With national pride, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his cabinet members announce new progress every day. Yet there is a bitter note of joy. The vaccination campaign, which has been running for two months, has not reached everyone in Great Britain – blacks, Asians and other ethnic minorities are far less likely to pick up the safety shovel.
The worries are big. Secretary of State Nadeem Zahawi recently warned that “if a group is not vaccinated, the virus will find it and rage like wildfire.” Government advisers believe social networks are one reason for the reluctance. Steven Simons, president of the NHS National Health Service, spoke about the “epidemic of misinformation.” False reports and conspiracy theories are spread through messenger services: the vaccine affects fertility or, on average, is hidden by the shelter supervisor.
Distrust of government agencies
Such messages are particularly prevalent among the socially backward – and many of these include members of blacks, Asians and other minorities, abbreviated as BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic). But that is only part of the story. In the group, there is a great deal of distrust of government agencies in general.
Azim Majeed, a medical doctor at Imperial College London, confirms: “There is a lot of skepticism about vaccines among black people.” For example, in the London metropolitan area of Croydon, many black patients refuse to be vaccinated, he explains in an interview with a German newspaper. The Royal College of General Practitioners’ Association of General Practitioners is concerned about the relatively low participation and preference of minorities. Majeed insists: “This is a big issue, especially since members of these communities are at high risk of dying from the temple.”
Many live in poverty
Ali Magzi, a sociologist at the University of Cambridge, illustrates the difficult social conditions in which many BAME members live. “Although they live on average smaller properties than white Brits, they are twice as likely to live with four or more people in a household,” says Maggie. “Nearly half of black or Pakistani children live in poverty and more than half of Bangladeshi children.”
Studies show that Pakistanis and Bangladeshis in the UK are at risk of contracting or dying from Kovit-19. This is because the people of these South Asian countries often lived in backward areas and in large houses for many generations. The virus spreads very fast in blocked areas. In addition, they often work in corona high-risk businesses such as taxi drivers, kiosk vendors or shop owners.
Prince Charles promotes vaccinations
Concerns have also come to the royal family. On Thursday (today) at 11.30am the heir to the throne Prince Charles wants to advertise the vaccine in a video message to the British Asian Foundation. It was sad for many that the challenges of “accepting vaccines differently” would be even more difficult, it said in advance.
But experts insist the government is somewhat responsible for the sluggish acceptance. “He does not want to tackle the issue of racial inequality in relation to Govt-19,” complains James Nasrou, a sociologist at the University of Manchester. On the contrary, the government ignored this question. He demands that the government reconsider its priorities.
Vaccination of seniors makes good progress
So far, officials – with the exception of leading nursing and medical staff – have strictly adhered to age when vaccinating. Is very successful because a large proportion of people over the age of 75 have already received the first dose. However, the proportion of BAME members under this age is low.
“Members of ethnic minorities age biologically faster because of the social and economic inequalities they face,” said Nasru of the dpa. “This means that these dangerous people are not included in the current priority.” Instead, the sociologist demands that when distributing the vaccine, the socially disadvantaged areas should be the most targeted.