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Plea to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic community now vaccine rollout underway

A major new study has been launched in Cheshire to understand the impact of COVID-19 among Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, as well as views about the COVID-19 vaccination.

With the UK’s COVID-19 vaccination programme underway, health chiefs are urging minority ethnic groups to take part in the essential research, which is aimed at helping shape effective communications and interventions to reduce the impact of COVID-19.

The new study, which is being carried out by the Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership, is in response to data showing that ethnic communities are disproportionately affected by the virus.

Research into survival rates among confirmed COVID-19 cases showed that people of Bangladeshi ethnicity were twice as likely to die from the virus, when compared with people of white British ethnicity.

People of Chinese, Indian, Pakistani, other Asian, Caribbean and other black ethnicity had a 10%to 50% higher risk of death when compared to white British.

The study aims to gain a deeper understanding into the experiences of ethnic groups during the pandemic and attitudes towards the COVID-19 vaccinations.

The survey, which can be translated into various languages upon request, is available online at www.cheshireandmerseysidepartnership.co.uk/survey-landing-page. A telephone survey can be arranged for those people who do not have access to the internet.

The survey will focus on various topics, including experiences of COVID-19, the impact of COVID-19 to access health care, attitudes towards COVID-19, and vaccinations.

All answers will remain anonymous and everyone taking part will be entered into a prize draw with a chance to win a selection of Amazon gift vouchers.

The closing date for people to have their voices heard is January 25th 2021.