Updated on 24 August 2021. Reasons for update: 1) Removed download links to ethnic minority languages that are no longer shown on the government’s website. 2) Added links to new ethic minority languages shown on the government’s website.
On the government’s coronavirus / COVID-19 page (at the time of writing), there seems to be no way of finding COVID-19 vaccine information in ethnic minority languages. Neither are there links to information about encouraging greater take-up of the vaccine within our ethnic minority communities.
Yet, there is some COVID-19 vaccine information in languages other than English on the government’s website but it is not on the government’s page referenced above. It is on one of the government’s publications page. This means that dissemination of some vaccine information by the government is difficult to find because it is spread over multiple unlinked areas of their website.
Download government vaccination guides in English and ethnic minority languages
“A guide to phase 2 leaflet version 5”
When you open the link on the government’s website for your chosen language, scroll down and look for the Publication downloads link. All the links below open in a new browser window.
Vaccine information for people of Black and South Asian backgrounds and speakers of other languages
BAME celebrities call out vaccine misinformation
The lack of easily available COVID-19 vaccine information in ethnic minority languages under one umbrella, and lower take-up of the vaccine in people of Black and South Asian ethnic backgrounds has been highlighted in an i news article dated 26th January 2021.
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown explains how it has fallen on individual ethnic minority groups to publicise COVID-19 vaccine information to their own communities.
Alibhai-Brown says “This much we know: people of Black and South Asian ethnic background have a greater risk of death from COVID-19 than white people.”
Alibhai-Brown also talks about the proliferation of fake news promoted on various social media platforms such as Facebook and WhatsApp. She cites examples such as “The vaccine has pig and beef extracts and alcohol” and “It affects fertility, it is a racist programme“.
Meet Kawsar Zaman – Creator of Take The COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign Website
The i news article features the work of Kawsar Zaman, a barrister, who has taken it upon himself to create a not-for-profit website called Take The Covid-19 Vaccine Campaign, that disseminates COVID-19 vaccine information in ethnic minority languages.
If you are in an ethnic group and if English is or is not your first language, I highly recommend you visit Kawsar Zaman’s website Take The Covid-19 Vaccine Campaign. When you go to the website, it will open in the default language, English.
Having reviewed the information on the website, I feel that this is also an excellent COVID-19 vaccine resource for people whose first language is English.
Screenshot of Take The COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign website
On the website you will find detailed information about each of the vaccines available in the UK, including their safety. You can read the information in English and 17 other languages.
If you would like to go straight to your language on the website, here are the direct links, which open in a new browser window:
COVID-19 Vaccine information in ethnic minority languages
The following links are on the “Take The COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign Website”. All the links open in a new browser window.
How we can beat the pandemic
“Experts estimate that to break the chain of transmission, in excess of 80% of the population must be vaccinated to stop the pandemic. When enough of the population is vaccinated, the virus has a hard time finding new people to infect and the pandemic starts dying out.”
Source: Take The Covid-19 Vaccine
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