I am aware that there is a lot of dangerous misinformation about vaccines and that there are concerns among some people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, which can lead to vaccine hesitancy.
During the first two waves of the pandemic, Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities were disproportionately affected by Covid-19, so I fully understand their concerns. However, vaccines have been a game-changer in our fight against the virus and I continue to encourage all Londoners to get their first, second and booster Covid jab.
Through events like the recent Eid in the Square celebration, as well as through targeted media campaigns, social media and a wide network of community champions, I am working closely with local authorities, UKHSA, OHID, NHS London and community organisations to help reach Londoners, answer their questions and make the vaccine as accessible as possible.
We have made great strides throughout the pandemic to engage with London’s diverse communities, and despite lower levels of vaccine uptake we’re continuing to see people come forward for their vaccine every day. Our work continues.