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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Sign up to FREE email alerts from MyLondon - MyEastLondon NewsSubscribeWhen you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. OurPrivacy Noticeexplains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You can unsubscribe at any time.Thank you for subscribingWe have more newslettersShow meSee ourprivacy noticeInvalid EmailNewham’s director of public health today warned the borough was facing a “significant” problem of people refusing to take up the Covid-19 vaccine. The borough is one of the worst affected areas in the country and has the second largest number of coronavirus cases in London, with about 1,400 cases per 100,000 people. It has seen 442 coronavirus-related deaths registered up until January 1 and almost 5,000 new cases were recorded last week. But Jason Strelitz, director of public health, said local NHS staff had become concerned about the “uptake and pace” of the vaccine roll-out since it started in December. They have enlisted the help of an army of 450 “Covid health champions” who are battling misinformation about the jab. “It is a slow start,” said Mr Strelitz. “We have vaccinated in all of our care homes but we are concerned about uptake and pace.
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Play now Newham, which is home to the ExCel Centre – one of seven English vaccination ‘superhubs’ – is the most ethnically diverse area in the UK and one of the most deprived. A study released by the Royal Society for Public Health last month found that 57 per cent of people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds were likely to accept a Covid-19 vaccine, compared to 79 per cent of white respondents. However, BAME respondents were also “especially receptive to offers of further health information” from professionals, the study found, and over a third said they would be likely to change their minds if given more information – almost twice as many as the 18 per cent of white people who were initially unwilling to get the jab. The poll also revealed significantly more hesitancy about the vaccine among lower in-come groups, with just 70 per cent of lowest earners likely to say yes to the jab compared to 84 per cent in the highest income bracket. The Government has not yet released figures for the number of people refusing to take up the vaccine. Newham enlisted the help of hundreds of volunteers from different backgrounds in June after the borough was hit particularly hard during the first wave of the pandemic. Mr Strelitz said the council realised it needed to “strengthen community connections” in order to get across the complex, ever-changing advice from central Government and give legitimate information about testing and vaccines. The “Covid health champions” are using local Whatsapp and social media groups to try and counteract misinformation about the virus and speaking to people who have been posted warnings against the vaccine. They are also there to talk to and can get questions people may have answered by health professionals.
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