A very small percentage of the British Asian communities signed up to the coronavirus vaccine trials which has been cause of concern.
The NHS is planning to launch a new attempt of vaccine trials as the first phase was “disappointing”. On Monday, the government`s vaccines taskforce announced that more than 112,000 people had volunteered to take part in vaccine trials which could start as early as next month.
However, the directors of the recruitment programme expressed concern over the low uptake of people from British Asian communities. Figures have shown that only 3 per cent of people from British Asian backgrounds volunteered, while 94 per cent of volunteers are white.
A consultant respiratory physician who runs a National Institute for Health Research patient recruitment centre in Bradford, Dr Dinesh Saralaya said: “It’s very important that we dispel the myths in the Asian community that vaccines are going to be harmful.
“It’s perfectly safe. They are very, very closely monitored and there are very strict protocols. The standard of care is in fact better than what you would receive outside of a trial [and] the side effects are very, very minimal.”
Saralaya suggested that most of the people from minority backgrounds might be unaware that there are vaccine trials hence there is a need to reach out to them so that a large percentage from these communities can sign up for trials.
The chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, has urged all the people in the country to sign up to take part in clinical trials, especially those from the British Asian backgrounds. He stated that if more people volunteered, it would increase the chances of finding an effective vaccine.