Adil Ray, Romesh Ranganathan and Konnie Huq have come together with a whole host of stars to urge people from ethnic minority communities to get their coronavirus vaccine.
It has previously been reported that those from Black, Asian and ethnic minority groups have been seen to be disproportionately impacted by Covid-19 and now the vaccine rollout is underway, celebrities are highlighting the importance of getting the injection.
Appearing in a new video, created in association with the British Asian Trust, to share guidance and information about the vaccine and offer reassurance, Ackley Bridge star Adil stressed the need to ‘look after others’.
He says: ‘Looking after others and serving our community is what we do. It’s how we have been brought up. It’s why we have such immense pride when a family member becomes a doctor or a nurse.
‘We have so much respect for them. They need our respect now more than ever. They need our help.’
Former Blue Peter presenter Konnie adds: ‘Our community has played its part… the vaccine was available more quickly because of a global effort’ while Romesh was on hand to debunk myths surrounding the jab.
‘There is no chip or tracker in the vaccine to keep watching where you go, your mobile phone actually does a much better job of that,’ he jokes.
Good Morning Britain’s Ranvir Singh tells those watching: ‘There is no scientific evidence to suggest that the vaccine will work differently on those from ethnic minority backgrounds.’
The video stresses that by taking the vaccine, those doing so will not only be ‘saving their lives, but the lives of others too’.
The video – also starring former EastEnders star Nina Wadia, Sean Fletcher and cricketeer Moeen Ali and Meera Syal – ends with the message: ‘How can you save someone’s life? Take the vaccine.’
It’s reported that more than 6.3million people across the UK have already had their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine.
Elderly celebrities, including the likes of Sir Tom Jones, Dame Joan Collins, Prue Leith and Sir David Attenborough, have already had their jab, with Star Trek actor Sir Patrick Stewart, 80, the latest star to get injected.
In the UK, the total number of cases of coronavirus are nearing 3.7million, while the number of deaths from the virus have now reached more than 98,000.
England is currently in its third national lockdown, with the government enforcing strict restrictions in order to control the spread of a new strain of Covid-19.
Credit: Original article published here.