COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Toolkit

COVID-19 vaccination toolkit for Black African and Black Caribbean communities

'Bridging the Uptake Gap' is a toolkit that provides evidence-based good practice for increasing vaccination confidence and uptake among Black African and Black African Caribbean populations.

This toolkit is made up of six components. These have been developed based on good practice examples from within the vaccine deployment programme and the Connect and Exchange Hub

  1. Data insights
  2. Collaborative working
  3. Using the connect and Exchange Hub to find and share what works
  4. Using high-profile and trusted voices to support vaccine uptake
  5. Using targeted conversations to boost vaccine confidence
  6. Using culturally appropriate venues
To view the toolkit, please click here.

The Caribbean and African Health Network (CAHN) COVID-19 Vaccine Q&A

The Caribbean and African Health Network (CAHN) have collated a helpful Q+A for questions relating to Covid-19.
They are divided into subsections:

  • General Covid-19 questions
  • Interaction with other medication and prevention
  • Side effects of the Vaccine
  • Contents of the COVID-19 Vaccine
  • COVID-19 Vaccine and Black people
  • People with long term health conditions
  • People with Compromised Immunity
  • Safety of the Vaccine
  • COVID-19 and Fertility
  • Anomalies, delayed treatment and the effectiveness of the vaccine
  • Allergies and Adverse effects
  • Lack of Trust
To read the report in full, please click here.

CAHN Covid-19 Videos:

Please click the image below to watch CAHN's video that provides information for the Caribbean and African Communities during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Please click the image below to watch CAHN's video that addresses the issues and myths surrounding the Coronavirus within Caribbean and African communities.

CAHN Covid-19 Support Helpline

CAHN offer a COVID-19 support helpline. Call 0771 002 2382 (between 6am and midnight) or email
Please see assets below to share via social media channels.

Debunking the Myths

Black Women in Health (BWIH) have put together some guidance for reducing COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy amongst the BAME population. In order to debunk the myths about COVID-19 vaccines they have been organising webinars, virtual group talks, podcasts, videos in other languages and dialects.

One particular resource that has had a remarkable impact is the Covid vaccine message broadcast in Pidgin English that has been viewed more than 8,000 times across social media platforms.

For full details of the guidance, please see here.
To view and share the Pidgin English video via twitter, please click here.

Covid-19 Vaccination - Nigerian Translation

Please click the image below to view the video of Biomedical Scientists, Mrs Olubukola Adewunmi, and work colleague Mr Akinola Adewunmi, sharing their views on the Covid-19 vaccination in Nigerian (Yoruba).

Community Voices Urge African and Caribbean Communities to Download the New NHS Covid-19 App

In the clip below, African and Caribbean community voices outline the reasons why they’ve downloaded the NHS Covid-19 app – whether it is to protect loved ones, to know what to do if you develop symptoms or to know if you live in a high-risk area. This support echoes a national drive which aims to raise awareness that downloading the app will help control the spread of the virus and protect themselves and their loved ones as case numbers rise.

Click the image below to see the video in full.

Information for Women of Childbearing Age

We know there is low uptake among younger women who are of childbearing age. This has stemmed from misinformation about the vaccine and effects on fertility, pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Our insights tell us misinformation needs to be addressed directly with reassurance from trusted voices such as midwives or peers.

Please use this and the assets below to provide more information to those who are concerned and need more assurance.

Below are some messages to share via your social media channels: 
  • If you’ve heard that COVID-19 vaccine can affect your fertility – this is false information. Obstetricians from The Royal Wolverhampton Trust have created this handy poster with valid information to offer you some reassurance: If you are concerned, please check with your GP - vaccinators can also discuss any issues with you when you attend your appointment
  • Are you planning to get pregnant or already pregnant? Are you unsure if the COVID-19 vaccines affect fertility? Watch Dr Gayatri Amirthalingam’s on fertility and the COVID-19 vaccination or download a pregnancy leaflet here
  • Visit the Acacia family support website (opens in new window) >
    Acacia is a dedicated family support network for mums and dads from black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.

Sickle Cell Disease and the COVID-19 Vaccine - Seanastef's Story 

Sickle cell disease is a serious inherited blood disorder where the red blood cells, which carry oxygen around the body, develop abnormally. It can affect anyone but it is more prevalent in people from African and Caribbean backgrounds.

Please click the image below to view the video of Seanastef Success Kwah, a young woman from Wolverhampton, who has had sickle cell disease since she was born. The 25-year-old received her first dose of the Pfizer vaccine this week and is now encouraging others with sickle cell to do the same.

Health Inequalities in High BAME Covid-19 Cases

People from minority ethnic groups are statistically more likely to live in socially deprived neighbourhoods, and to have less income than their white counterparts. This makes it harder for them to access healthy food, and green spaces or gyms to exercise in.

As a result, Health inequalities in the UK are a major factor in high BAME Covid cases

The Office for National Statistics highlights how males and females of Black and South Asian ethnic background were shown to have increased risks of death involving the coronavirus (COVID-19) compared with those of White ethnic background.
In England and Wales, males of Black African ethnic background had the highest rate of death involving COVID-19, 2.7 times higher than males of White ethnic background; females of Black Caribbean ethnic background had the highest rate, 2.0 times higher than females of White ethnic background.

Please see PHE's 'Helping People with Health Conditions to Get Active Campaign', that provides information and resources for supporting people with health conditions to get active.

See assets below for circulation via social channels.

A Letter to Loved Ones... 

Sir Lenny Henry has written an open letter, signed by a number of household names, appealing to black communities in the UK to have the COVID-19 vaccine.

Click the image below to view the full appeal in the video 'a letter to loved ones'.