More than 20 million people have now had the vaccine in the UK.
Having your vaccine is important to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- It protects you from having a high chance of contracting the virus.
- It prevents the risk of more individuals having long term symptoms. Such as: shortness of breath, joint pain, depression and anxiety and chest pain etc.
- It protects those who have underlying health conditions and that are high risk.
- It keeps the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths lower.
Recently there has been uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine, this may be due to conspiracy theories, false news articles, or false information being widely spread on platforms such as Facebook. Many of these are leading to individuals to believe that the coronavirus is not real.
Within previous national vaccination programmes in the UK, reported vaccine uptake has been lower in areas with a higher proportion of minority ethnic group populations. Barriers for these groups may be, perception of risk, low confidence in the vaccine, distrust, access barriers, inconvenience, socio-demographic context and lack of endorsement, lack of vaccine offer or lack of communication from trusted providers and community leaders.
Despite the black, Asian and minority ethnic groups making up 14% of the BAME community, they account for a third of patients in hospitals. People from BAME backgrounds are more likely to be employed in frontline roles whether it’s in the NHS, as care workers, warehouse or bus drivers. In the NHS, around 40% of doctors and 20% of nurses are from BAME backgrounds.
What is included in the vaccine?
Previously, false claims have been made that the vaccine contains microchips, aborted fetus cells or that they can somehow alter our human genetic code (DNA).
There have also been suspicions over whether they contain ingredients that are forbidden under religious beliefs. Rumours that the vaccines contain traces of pork (not eaten by Muslims) or beef (cows are considered sacred by Hindus) have been circulating online.
It’s true that some other non-coronavirus vaccines have contained gelatine derived from pork, added as a stabiliser. However, none of the Covid-19 vaccines currently approved for use in the UK contain any source of gelatine.
Researchers from the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) found that:
- 72% of Black or Black British people said that they were unlikely or very unlikely to be vaccinated against COVID.
- Pakistani and Bangladeshi groups were the next most hesitant minority ethnic group, with 42% unlikely or very unlikely to be vaccinated.
- In contrast, people from Indian groups were less hesitant, with 21% not willing to be vaccinated.
The vaccine is currently helping to reduce cases and deaths from COVID-19, and is an important way to fight off the virus overall.
With driving lessons returning on the 12th of April, our instructors are taking extra precaution and preparation to ensure all lessons are as safe as possible. They will wear masks, open windows for ventilation, use sanitation products such as wipes and hand sanitiser. The car will be cleaned after each student and if you would like to be given a wipe to clean the car yourself you will be able to. If you’re looking for driving lessons but are hesitant due to the risk of COVID-19 know that SmartLearner is following every precaution we can to keep our learners safe.
If you would like more information about how we are keeping our learners and instructors safe during their driving lessons call us today on 0800 118 2001.
To find out who can have the vaccine and how to get it follow the link below:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine – NHS (www.nhs.uk)