Good Morning Britain weather presenter Alex Beresford has called for more people in the BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) community to talk about the Covid-19 vaccine.
Alex’s comments come after a survey conducted by the UK Household Longitudinal Study revealed that 72% of black Britons are ‘unlikely’ to get the coronavirus jab.
Speaking on Friday’s Good Morning Britain, Alex explained that he feels there ‘is a lack of trust in the government’ which is why people are reluctant to get the vaccine.
‘Unfortunately, that started way before the pandemic actually started,’ he began.
‘There’s lack of representation in terms of the trials with the vaccine, so obviously, that also causes some worry and also there are lots of people whether you’re black or white that don’t want to sign up to vaccine trials and you can understand that.
‘There is a lot of misinformation which I have personally seen on a number of WhatsApp groups that I’ve been on and this leads to more questions than answers in so many cases.’
‘What I really think we need to see and hear is from medicine and from those of colour, there is a lack of representation,’ he added.
‘I want to see more people from black and Asian backgrounds talking about the vaccine, even seeing people of colour taking the vaccine.’
Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi recently warned that Covid-19 could ‘spread quickly’ among BAME communities if they become the largest proportion of those who choose not to get the vaccine.
Earlier this week Dr Hilary Jones also voiced his concern as he urged Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups not to reject the coronavirus vaccine as data continues to show that they are less likely to get the jab.
In June, it was revealed that BAME people were twice as likely to die from coronavirus in the UK.
Like Dr Hilary, medical experts have noted that some Black, Asian, and other ethnic minority groups are reluctant to take the vaccine due to the complicated history of medicine and race.
Good Morning Britain airs daily at 6am on ITV.
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