Throughout the pandemic in 2020, key workers consistently went above and beyond the call of duty every day so that life could carry on for the rest of us. Our health and social care workers provided support and care to all those who needed it; our delivery drivers and retail workers ensured food was available and shelves were stacked and our taxi drivers, bus drivers and tube workers transported us to and from work, school, shops, and hospitals.
The workload for key workers will only increase in 2021, as we continue to attempt to control the virus while simultaneously rebuilding the economy. As the UK is now also undertaking the enormous task of rolling out the Covid-19 vaccine, it is vital that we tackle vaccine misinformation to ensure uptake is high and the most vulnerable in our society can be protected.
Discussing the importance of addressing Covid-19 vaccine misinformation, Ravi said:
“At such a perilous time with rising infections and huge pressures on the NHS, it is surprising and worrying to see so much attention given to concerns and arguments about the dangers of the Covid-19 vaccines. All current evidence suggests that they are effective and safe and will help to save lives.
“It is also concerning to see that vaccine uptake has been low in BAME communities, especially given that we know people from ethnic minority backgrounds are more likely to suffer from the severe effects of Covid-19. As we continue to fight the coronavirus, it is essential that we do not fall prey to misinformation regarding the vaccines. They are safe and we should take them when offered, for our own safety, the safety of others and to relieve the burden on key workers.
“I encourage anyone who is unsure about taking up their vaccine to turn to information from trusted sources, such as the BBC or British Medical Journal.”