False vaccine info is putting lives at risk – I praise The Sun for bringing this issue to the fore

SAGE has found, unfortunately, there is likely to be a lower vaccine uptake by those from an ethnic minority background.

Hesitancy is highest in the black community, followed by those from Pakistani and Bangladeshi backgrounds.

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Members of my own community have spoken of their hesitation to have the vaccine, asking questions about the contents and if it will compromise Hindu practices such as having a purely vegetarian diet.

The approved Covid-19 vaccines used in the UK do not contain any animal products.

But false information about the vaccine is putting lives at risk.

I praise The Sun for bringing this issue to the fore.

I will do all I can in my role as Home Secretary — and the most senior female politician from an ethnic minority background in the country — to reach out to our wonderfully diverse ethnic communities to support the largest vaccination programme in NHS history.

So many of our doctors and nurses are from these communities.

Call to arms – how MPs, celebs and big businesses backed our campaign

A HOST of celebs and politicians threw their weight behind Jabs Army as they praised kind-hearted Sun readers who signed up.

Their calls were led by Boris Johnson, who begged for volunteers to help 'return the country to normal life'.

The PM wrote personally to our readers, saying: "The Sun’s Jabs Army campaign is a brilliant example of the power of collective action.

"It has already inspired companies and workplaces up and down the country to join the call to arms.

"So today, I call on everyone who has the time to join the legions of volunteers already signed up and to boost volunteer numbers further still."

Jeremy Clarkson urged Brits to get off the sofa and sign up to beat the lockdown blues.

He said: “Everyone is saying how bored they are. They’ve watched Netflix, gone through everything on the internet, read Google.

“Well let’s not be bored — let’s get off our bottoms and volunteer.”

His call was backed by a string of other celebs – including the Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson, who hailed our campaign as “fantastic”.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock saluted Jabs Army as he addressed the nation in a No10 press briefing.

He said: "Come and be a part of it. The Sun’s Jabs Army is marching and helping the nation.”

GMB host Piers Morgan branded the campaign as "excellent".

While celebrities like Bear Grylls, Gordon Ramsay and Bake Off's Matt Lucas have also thrown their support behind the campaign.

They are saving lives every day and helping to ensure that people from all communities and of all backgrounds are kept safe from this appalling virus.

This vaccine is safe for us all.

Together, this is our best chance of beating this virus, irrespective of ethnicity or background.


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