Engagement event held to dispel vaccine myths

Community leaders were able to quiz local professionals at a council-run event.
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A community engagement event has been held to disel myths and set out facts about the Covid vaccine, amid concerns that Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people are less likely to take up invitations for the jab.

The virtual engagement event was held on 26 January and attended by around 60 people. They were able to put questions to two local GPs and Reading Borough council’s public health consultant, David Munday.


Nearly 40 questions were asked, including:

  • Are the vaccines safe?
  • Were they rushed through?
  • Were they tested on Black people before being approved?
  • What ingredients are in the vaccines?
  • How well do they work?
  • Do they work if you are taking medications for long-term conditions like diabetes?
  • Do they work on the new variants?
  • Can invitations be interpreted for people with little or no English?
  • Can asylum seekers get the vaccine?

See download link below for all questions and answers.

A full list of the questions and answers was circulated after the event by Nisa Mudzakkir, the council’s Covid19 Communication Engagement and Outreach Officer. The council has agreed that we can reproduce it in full on our website.

Healthwatch Reading established at an earlier council meeting on 22 January that no data was yet available on the ethnicities of local people taking the vaccine, but public health officials had asked the government for this.

A national survey in December showed 57% of respondents from BAME backgrounds were likely to accept a COVID-19 vaccine, compared to 79% of White respondents.


Reading Borough Council question and answers for 26 January engagement event

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