Research has demonstrated that Covid-19 has disproportionately negatively affected Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups (BAME). This is in both an increased likelihood of testing positive and higher rates of mortality. A reason for this could be due to underlying health conditions that are more common in certain BAME groups.

Below are translated information on guidance on protection and prevention created by the South Asian Health Foundation.

Translated information about transmission and mortality and prevention and protection can be found in the following languages:

Protecting yourself from Covid-19

Watch this video in Hindi on the measures you can take to protect yourself from Covid-19.

Living with diabetes

A message from Leicester Diabetes Centre.

Covid-19 advice in Bengali

Based on NHS England Advice.

Covid-19 advice in Turkish

Based on NHS England Advice.

Vaccine information

The government has recommended that everyone who can should get vaccinated because vaccines offer protection against Covid-19. Those who have received the vaccine are less likely to get Covid symptoms and pass it to others and even more unlikely to be admitted to hospital or die from it (NHS, 2021).

Covid-19 can affect everyone. Also, a potential impact of Covid is ‘Long Covid’ which is where symptoms can exist weeks and months after infection. The vaccine will support you in resuming your day-to-day activities and protecting yourself, family and friends (NHS, 2021).

The NHS has created a Covid-19 vaccine FAQ document.

Also, NHS doctors, nurses and other frontline staff have come forward to help reassure communities that Covid-19 vaccines are safe, effective and have been independently tested to the highest standards.

NHS staff have recorded messages in some of the most commonly spoken languages: Arabic, Bengali, Gujarati, Igbo, Nepali, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tibetan, Turkish, Urdu, and Yoruba. You can find the videos on NHS England.

Vaccine hesitancy

It’s important to note that many may experience anxiety about receiving the vaccine. This anxiety may be because of experiencing uncertainty, fear of side effects, needle phobia or something else.

If you are feeling this way, that’s is completely fine. Here are some suggestions that may help ease your anxiety (tips adapted from the Worry Tree)

  • Notice the worry: what specifically are you worried about?
  • Ask yourself: can I do something about this?
  • Create an action plan

Example of action plans:

  • Research your concerns on credible websites (e.g. the NHS)
  • Speak to someone you trust about your anxieties (e.g. family, friends, healthcare provider, colleagues, occupational health and managers)

The NHS has created a table comparing the benefits and risks of vaccinations vs Covid-19 here.

It is important to create a safe, non-judgemental and open space where all who are experiencing vaccine hesitancy feel comfortable to share their experience and concerns. Find information about discussing Covid-19 with staff. (Source: Keeping Well in South East London)

Hear from a BAME lived experience about taking the vaccine: Including why they chose to take the vaccine, their experiences of taking the vaccine and myths about the vaccine.

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Updated on: 21/04/2022