Dr Hilary Jones has urged Black, Asian and minority Ethnic groups not to reject the coronavirus vaccine as data continues to show that they are less likely to get the jab.
Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi recently warned that Covid-19 could ‘spread quickly’ among BAME communities if they become the largest proportion of those who choose not to get the vaccine.
Now, Dr Hilary has highlighted how important it is for BAME communities not to turn down a chance to receive the vaccine considering they are disproportionately affected by the virus.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain, the GP explained: ‘The more I look at it and observe, so many people have been hauled off in their own little bubble, we’re subjected to entertainment and film and we live in this fantasy world where everybody else does things.
‘The world we live in is controlled by a few people know what we’re doing and we just carry on with our lives but we don’t really understand science anymore, we don’t understand the germ theory of disease if you talk to older people, certainly older white populations, 96% of them are signing up for vaccination because they lived through an era where vaccinations saved lives.’
Dr Hilary went on to blame Covid-19 conspiracy theories floating around social media which have mistakenly convinced many young people that the vaccine isn’t safe.
He continued: ‘If you look at younger generations, if you look at BAME communities who are subjected to online, unverified myths and scaremongering stories about vaccinations, who aren’t represented really in scientific communities sufficiently, what we see is 72% of them saying they might not have the vaccine.
‘This is extraordinary, this protects them, the most vulnerable group.’
Dr Hilary added: ‘We’ve got to have a much better educational system where people understand how vaccination works and how it protects lives.’
Responding to the medical expert’s earlier figures, Piers Morgan stated: ‘That is a very alarming statistic.’
In June, it was revealed that BAME people were twice as likely to die from coronavirus in the UK.
Like Dr Hilary, medical experts have noted that some Black, Asian, and other ethnic minority groups are reluctant to take the vaccine due to the complicated history of medicine and race.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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