Despite BME communities being known to be disproportionately affected by COVID-19, they have not been prioritised under current government vaccine roll-out practices.
However, in response to the demand by members of the BME communities, Sayd Ahmed, Chair of the BME Network and the NS Bangladeshi Association, has collaborated with 168 Medical Group in Weston, to provide COVID-19 vaccinations for up to 100 BME individuals.
It is also hoped that offering this opportunity to BME communitues will also help allay some of the fears being experienced by some migrants as well as encourage those in BME communities who have had their own reasons to be reticent about taking the vaccine.
“To achieve this has taken a lot of persuasion and organisation” said Sayd, “but as a member of the BME community, I am happy to be able to do what I can to ensure that those at risk are protected and everyone can contribute to ensuring that our communities can become safe for everyone, as quickly as possible.”
The vaccinations will be done at the Weston Islamic Centre (66 Palmer St, BS23 1RU) by professional medical staff from 168 Medical Group, who have very generously offered their assistance to ensure that all COVID health and safety protocols are fully observed.
If you would like to take advantage of this special BME COVID-19 Vaccination Programme, please contact Sayd Ahmed on 07971 443574