Local NHS and Leeds-based charity launch a video to encourage people to get vaccinated

The NHS in Leeds has teamed up with South Asian Arts-uk, a Leeds-based charity, to co-produce a light-hearted video which encourages people to continue to come forward to have their COVID-19 vaccine.

Sam Prince, Executive Director of Operations for the Leeds Covid Vaccination Programme, said; “Working in partnership with South Asian Arts-uk, we’ve jointly produced a video to encourage people to have their vaccine if they haven’t already done so. Across the district, 403,970 people have now received their first dose of the vaccine and 235,477 have been fully vaccinated[i]. This is great news, but our work is not done as we need everyone who is eligible for the vaccine to book their appointment without delay.

“It’s important that people continue to keep their appointments for their second dose, so that we can keep moving forward with the vaccination programme. Our goal is to offer every adult their vaccine by the end of July.”

Dr Mitul Patel, GP in Leeds and a Member Representative for NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group, said; “The short video clip sends out a strong message about getting vaccinated and will resonate with a lot of people. A lot of us have lost loved ones to this awful virus but having the vaccine will help protect us – not just us, but our families and communities too. That’s why I’m making a plea: if you’re eligible for the vaccine, please book your appointment as soon as possible.

“The vaccines are safe and effective and are our best hope to return to normal life. If you have questions about the vaccine, please speak to a healthcare professional who will give you trusted and accurate information.”

Keranjeet Kaur Virdee, Chief Executive at South Asian Arts-uk, said; “People featured in this video are from Leeds and took up the vaccines when they were eligible to have the jab. The NHS in Leeds want to continue to build confidence in the COVID-19 vaccine amongst Leeds residents. We hope that this video will inspire everyone to do that.”

You can watch the short video at https://youtu.be/1nLyMome_io

[i] Figures are correct as of 20 May 2020. These can be found on the NHS England website https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/covid-19-vaccinations/

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