Vaccine concerns of local black, Asian and minority ethnic groups to be addressed in virtual Q&A

On Thursday the 4th March, a panel of health and care experts from across Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon, and Wiltshire will chair an online question and answer session on concerns about the coronavirus vaccine.
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It is hoped that the online question and answer session will help provide reassurance on the coronavirus vaccine to concerned people from the region’s black, Asian, and minority ethnic communities.

The Opening Doors conversation will allow those with concerns about the coronavirus vaccine to put their questions directly to local health and care experts.

National research suggests there is a higher degree of vaccine hesitancy in people from a black, Asian, or minority ethnic background.

Among the speakers who will be taking part in the online session are Gill May, Director of Nursing and Quality for the CCG, Dr. Nima Satish, a GP based at Westrop Medical Practice in Swindon, and Steve Maddern, Director of Public Health at Swindon Borough Council.

The aim of this event is to listen to concerns, provide genuine up-to-date information and dispel any rumours that may be causing anyone to think twice about having the vaccine.
— Gill May, Director of Nursing and Quality

The Opening Doors online question and answer session is open to people of all ages and backgrounds.

Any person wishing to join the event, which will take place on the video-calling platform Zoom, should send an email with their name to
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