Tackling Vaccine Hesitancy in Barnet’s Diverse Communities
Working with Barnet Public Health and NCL (Barnet) CCG, we delivered a series of webinars to communities experiencing a lack of confidence about taking the vaccine. In addition, in partnership with New Citizen’s Gateway as part of the Barnet Wellbeing Service to support refugees and asylum seekers to ask questions about the vaccination, its clinical fidelity, eligibility, and access if asylum seekers were dispersed under the government’s dispersal scheme.
We had a panel of trusted local experts, including two local GPs, a representative from New Citizen’s Gateway, Barnet Public Health, and a local representative from the Muslim community. We recorded the event and uploaded it to the Barnet Wellbeing website. To encourage the uptake of COVID vaccinations, we worked with two local GPs from the Watling Medical Centre to encourage wider communities in the borough, including faith and BAME communities, to be vaccinated. We delivered a multilingual seminar to the Romanian and Eastern European Community, keen to speak directly with clinicians to understand misinformation circulating about the vaccines.
We reached out to almost 150 people who agreed to attend their vaccine appointments when the GPs would contact them at the end of the digital seminars through webinars.
I got the vaccine for my family, children, grandparents, for all of those around us.
I got the vaccine because I want to be ok and not transmit the virus.
My husband and I have decided to get the vaccine with friends and some of our cousins.