Dr Hilary Jones has assured Good Morning Britain viewers that the coronavirus vaccine is safe for all ethnicities – amid growing fear it could have an adverse effect on those from a non-white background.
Faith leaders and mosques from across the country have been declared ‘vital’ in reassuring the public that the vaccination is not harmful in any way, after surveys suggested those from a minority background have less trust in the injection working for them.
Among the fears is that the injection contains animal products, or could end up hurting them in some way.
But on today’s episode, Dr Hilary did his best to quash those fears, stating that he understood why people were skeptical, but they didn’t need to be.
He explained: ‘I think a lot of the hesitancy stems from historical and cultural problems from the past.
‘BAME community populations haven’t been at the forefront of health care and health policies for so long, they’re wondering why they are now. Why us now?
‘And actually, it’s not for any sinister reason, they’re not being used as guinea pigs.
‘When we talked to True in Birmingham a couple of days ago, he voiced these potential concerns and said that he wasn’t anti-vaxxer at all, he had questions, and it’s important we answer all those questions.’
‘Social media is a lot to do with this,’ Piers Morgan then added. ‘These people spewing their conspiracy theory c**p, let’s call it what it is, all over the internet, 24/7.
‘High profile people putting their names to this stuff, spreading it around. It is so dangerous.’
Dr Hilary agreed, branding the theories ‘superstitious rubbish’.
The comments came as a number of celebrities urged their fans to get vaccinated as part of a new campaign to assure people from BAME communities.
Presenter Adil, who helped organise the video, said: ‘After taking part in the Stay At Home campaign last year, we felt that once again we had to do something to help.
‘Unfortunately we are now fighting another pandemic – misinformation, where communities who are ignored are preyed upon and voices that endanger lives are amplified.
‘Whilst these communities must accept some responsibility too, and take the vaccine to save lives, we all must do what we can and come together to fight this deadly virus.
‘We hope this video can help dispel some of the myths and offer some encouragement for everyone to take the vaccine.’
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.
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