Medical professionals have been leading online vaccine debates urging members of the BAME community ‘don’t die of ignorance’ after a low take up of the jab.

Croydon BME Forum has joined forces with local organisations in a bid to inform the black community about the Covid-19 vaccines to encourage residents to make informed choices.

So far over 7,000 people have now received their Covid-19 vaccination at St Paul’s Church  thanks to an amazing community effort from doctors, nurses, surgery staff and volunteers. 

Local GP Dr Agnelo Fernandes said: “These vaccines are safe and effective and it is an honour to be able to protect our patients and help local people get through this pandemic.”

Among those happy to receive the jab was West Thornton councillor Janet Campbell (pictured). 

BME Forum CEO Andrew Brown said: “We know many have concerns, which is why they are hesitant to take the vaccine, so over the next few months we will be engaging with local communities to give them a chance to ask experts about the vaccine so that they can make an informed decision.”