Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic views on the COVID-19 Vaccine

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Healthwatch Camden undertook research into Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy, following discussions with the NHS and other partners in Camden.  They used what they found to support residents to arrive at an informed view about COVID-19 vaccination. During February 2021, Healthwatch Camden worked with three local community organisations to survey 223 people about their views on the COVID-19 vaccine and the local rollout.

Nearly all responders (97%) were from Black, Asian, or minority ethnic backgrounds. The most common ethnicities of survey participants were Bangladeshi, Chinese, Somali, or other African background. For 80% of responders, English was not their first language and the survey was translated and conducted by representatives from local organisations before being translated back into English.

For the overwhelming majority, this survey was the first time they had been asked about their views on the COVID-19 vaccine. This provided a unique insight into local concerns. With this insight, Healthwatch Camden held an online ‘COVID-19 Vaccine Q&A Session’ where local GPs and Public Health professionals and addressed the key questions and concerns identified in the survey.

Five key findings have emerged that will support the NHS’s decision making during the COVID-19 vaccination rollout:

1. The more knowledge someone felt they had about the vaccine, the greater the likelihood of them wanting to be vaccinated.

2. The most popular sources of information about the vaccine were television and Social Media.

3. There were subtle differences in the most common concerns that different age groups have about COVID-19 vaccination.

 4. Almost one-third of those that were reluctant to get the vaccine indicated that they would reconsider their decision if they had more information.

 5. General Practices were the most popular location to get the vaccine, although many would be happy with any venue within a reasonable distance. In addition, younger people and people from Black or Black British backgrounds were less likely to get the vaccine, which is consistent with existing national evidence on this topic.

The report concludes with 3 recommendations on information needs and trusted support.  Next

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General details

Report title 
Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic views on the COVID-19 Vaccine
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Camden
Date of publication 
Friday, 23 April, 2021
Date evidence capture began 
Monday, 1 February, 2021
Date evidence capture finished 
Sunday, 28 February, 2021
Key themes 
Health inequalities
Health protection
Holistic support
Information providing

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
Primary research method used 
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Primary care services 
Diagnostic and/or screening service - single handed sessional providers

Details about conditions and diseases

What type of pregnancy or maternity themes are included in the report 

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
Prefer not to say
Asian / Asian British
Black/ African / Caribbean / Black British
Mixed / multiple ethnic groups
Specific ethnicity if known 
Any other Mixed/Multiple ethnic background
White and Asian
White and Black African
White and Black Caribbean
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Not known
Does the information include staff's views? 
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
Not known

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.