Kent Equality Cohesion Council and Cohesion Plus have worked with Gravesham based community and faith partners along with Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust to produce a video message encouraging local community members to take the Covid 19 vaccine.

The message was produced as a result of the the mass vaccination centre being opened at the Woodville Theatre in the borough and reports in some parts of the country about lower uptakes of the vaccine from BAME (Black Asian Minority Ethnic) backgrounds.

Gurvinder Sandher the CEO of Kent Equality Cohesion Council commented “I am aware that in some parts of the country the uptake when it comes to taking the vaccine has been lower amongst some BAME groups, I think it is important that if we are to get out of this current situation and get back to some kind of normality over the coming months that as many people as possible need to take the vaccine. It is important to understand that it is not just on religious grounds that people have refused the vaccine, factors such as fertility and fears of long-term side effects, especially amongst those with underlying health issues have also contributed. We hope our video message which features local community and faith representatives will send a positive message.”

Note to Editors.

In order of appearance –
Sonia Nayyar Cohesion Plus
Gurvinder Sandher Kent Equality Cohesion Council
Carol Gosal Rethink Sahayak
Genny Jones Confident Queen
Ejaz Aslam Gravesend and Dartford Muslim Association
Daya Sharma Hindu Mandir Gravesend
Manpreet Dhaliwal Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara
Gurdip Bungar Guru Ravidass Gurdwara