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Healthwatch Rotherham report on a series of seven 2 hour Covid-19 vaccine myth busting sessions that they held with the Refugee Council for asylum seekers. 60 people in total attended these.
The report outlines the format of the sessions and the type of questions asked. At the end of the sessions, participants were asked to complete evaluation forms. Nine out of ten found the session very helpful. Before the session, three in ten had a positive opinion of the Covid-19 vaccine, compared to 93% at the end of the session. These statistics really highlights the success and importance of running these mythbusting sessions, encouraging others to make informed and educated decisions on the Covid-19 vaccine.
Participants were also asked what has prevented them from having the Covid-19 vaccine previously. This was asked to get an idea of the factors and issues that are preventing refugees and asylum seekers from getting the vaccine, and whether these could be changed in order to improve uptake. The main factors included concerns about side effects, information on social media and family and friends.