There are lots of resources for patients to find out information about the safety of the covid vaccine but the best thing you can do is talk to a healthcare professional such as your Doctor or Nurse about it.
If you are from the BAME population there are also a number of YouTube videos and links to webinars that you can view to help you find the answers and reassurance you might need. Please see below:
The Asian Resource Centre Croydon (ARCC) and Croydon BME Forum are running a virtual outreach programme to provide information, answer questions and challenge the myths which are circulating around the vaccine. Outlined below are links to YouTube recordings and Zoom events that have already been held with some of our local healthcare professionals talking about the vaccine and answering questions:
· ARCC Covid-19 Information & Myths: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znlxSr4PdTE
· ARCC Covid 19 Vaccination: Your Questions Answered: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_IZEZLIL9k
· BME Forum Let’s talk Covid vaccines: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDyZcWM2bn4
75% people who attended these events said they were more informed about Covid-19 and more confident to take a vaccine.
There are further Zoom events scheduled during February:
Saturday 6 February 10-11.30am – iCan Community Church in partnership with Croydon BME Forum - Amen Kick-off (for black men) discussing ‘should I take the vaccine’ with Dr Agnelo Fernandes
Link for tickets: https://icancommunity.churchsuite.co.uk/events/qgx15obh
· Thursday 11 February 7-9pm – Croydon’s Black Community Asks ‘ should we take the vaccine?’
Link for tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/covid-19-croydons-black-community-asks-should-we-take-the-vaccine-tickets-138052383395?aff=
· Wednesday 17 February 3-4.40pm – Young at Heart - Let’s talk Covid-19 Vaccines (over 60s only)
Link for tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/young-at-heart-65-covid-19-update-tickets-138243240253?aff=
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