Covid-19: PM praises Batley centre for myth debunking
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has praised staff at a West Yorkshire vaccination centre for their work dispelling myths around Covid vaccines.
On a visit to the Al Hikmah centre in Batley, Mr Johnson said the key to success was “spreading a sense of positivity about the vaccine”.
The centre has been vaccinating about 600 patients a day since it opened.
The Prime Minister said so far, 97% of over-80s in Yorkshire had received their first dose of a Covid vaccine.
West Yorkshire has mass vaccination sites in Huddersfield and Wakefield, with a third recently opening in Bradford.
There have been concerns that take-up of the vaccine has been low among black and Asian communities and other ethnic minority groups.
A poll commissioned by the Royal Society of Public Health in December suggested 57% of black, Asian and minority ethnic people would be happy to have the coronavirus vaccine, compared with 79% of white people.
Mr Johnson said to the staff at the Batley centre: “I thank them for the work they’re doing to dispel some of the nonsense about vaccines.
“I think it’s about spreading a sense of positivity about the vaccine, I think that’s what we want to see and I think that’s working.”
Concerns about fake news have also been raised by Dr Harpreet Sood, who is leading an NHS anti-disinformation drive.
Dr Sood said some false reports may be causing some people from the UK’s South Asian communities to reject the vaccine.