Covid-19 Vaccinations


Up-to-date information and guidance for our community about the Covid-19 Vaccinations:

Reassuring BAMER communities about the Covid-19 Vaccine

On Friday 26th March we ran the first of a series of webinars surrounding vaccination hesitancy. We hosted this Webinar in English, Farsi and Pashto and hope to organise more in a variety of different languages.

View our first webinar here:

There has been growing concern about increased vaccine hesitancy and take-up amongst BAMER communities. CommUNITY Barnet (CB) has been working with Barnet Refugee Service (BRS), Barnet Council, and NCL CCG to develop a series of multilingual webcasts to address vaccine hesitancy but more importantly create opportunities for local communities to ask trusted professionals about the vaccine in their community languages.  For refugee communities concern has been raised about:

  • Accessing the vaccine for undocumented residents
  • The implementation of the Government’s announcement that it would be increasing its dispersal rate without confirmation about the details and how the local authority would be carrying out the instruction.
  • Arranging for refugees being housed in local hotels to receive the vaccine and how this will be managed given both the 12-week interval between the first and second doses the residents with undocumented status, the Government’s announcement about increasing the rate of dispersal for refugees housed as a result of the pandemic.

The first webcast was held at 7pm on 26th March and moderated by Dr. Yvette Saldana, a retired GP who has returned to the NHS to help with the vaccination program. Dr Azim, a locally trusted GP also assisted in answering questions while BRS' operations manager Farida Stanikzai provided language support and translated. Dr. Janet Djomba from Public Health Barnet and Julie Pal, CEO of CommUNITY Barnet acted as part of the panel too. 33 residents attended the webcast.

Covid vaccine Q&A 'Ask the Experts', hosted by IRMF

Do you have questions or concerns about the Covid-19 vaccine?

* What are the risks of Covid-19?
* How safe is the vaccine?
* How effective is the vaccine?
* What are the side effects?
* Are Black, Asian and minority ethnic people affected differently?

Join our free webinar session, where you will have the opportunity to put your questions and concerns to expert panellists.

Expert panellists:
* Liam Beadman, Head of Primary Care Development, NHS NCL CCG
* Wikum Jayatunga, Public Health Consultant, Camden & Islington Councils

Wednesday 7th April, at 2pm - 3:30pm
ZOOM link:
Meeting ID: 997 3184 1126
Passcode: 176058

Questions can also be tweeted using hashtag #irmfvaccine

Find Covid-19 vaccine information videos in different languages...

  • Watch Dr Waheed Arian sharing his views about the Covid-19 vaccinations in Farsi/ Dari

  • Pop up community COVID-19 clinic at Hendon mosque
    With over 300,000 patients having been vaccinated across NCL, work continues to reach the vaccine hesitant population and harder to reach groups. Dr Azim and his team ran a pop-up clinic at a Hendon Mosque, over the weekend of 13/14 February. Working with the mosque committee to plan the event, the team spent time speaking to patients, answering questions and giving information about the vaccination programme, targeting patients within cohort 1-4, who had been previously hesitant to be vaccinated. This led to 30 patients being vaccinated at the pop-up site. It is hoped that this pop up model will be expanded across communities in Barnet, increasing vaccine take up in harder to reach groups. 

  • An important message in regards to the Covid-19 vaccination for BAME communities: watch here

  • The British Islamic Medical Association (BIMA) has produced the following summary and detailed position papers on the Pfizer and AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine which are supported by the Muslim Council of Britain: view it here

  • Westco campaign about vaccination hesitancy here (pdf document)


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