Fertility rumours & Vaccine concerns by Black and Asian women
A study from the Royal Society for Public Health found 57% of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people said they would take the vaccine. This compared with 79% of white people who would take a Covid vaccine.
Extract of a report below by Minreet Kaur in the Independent
Former Miss India UK and actress Deana Uppal, 31, from London also says she doesn’t feel enough testing has been done to feel safe taking the jab. “I need reassurance from the government that the vaccine is safe and can in no way affect future fertility,” she says. “The fake news and myths haven’t helped and have caused tremendous doubt and fear in my mind.”
Vaani Kaur* (not real name) from Newcastle, doesn’t want the coronavirus vaccine. Kaur has heard on the grapevine, mainly via Whatsapp forwards and social media, that there are risks to women regarding their future fertility. The information, she says, began spreading in her digital circles in December and now is cited in conversations with family and friends, as well as online.
The 30-year-old is from a Sikh family and says there are “huge pressures” on her to have children, especially boys, making it her priority when considering any decision. “I cannot afford to risk my chances of pregnancy if this vaccine is dangerous for women who want children,” Kaur told The Independent. As a result she does not plan to take the jab.
Of course there are people who are happy to get the vaccine. Ola Odu, 23, from Bedfordshire, recently lost her uncle to Covid-19. “I can’t wait! It’s so important that we all get this vaccine as soon as possible,” she said. “I’ve seen the strain it’s had on my loved ones who work in healthcare and have sadly lost family members to Covid. The benefits far outweigh the risks.”
And 80-year-old Gurdial Singh Sadra from Redbridge already had his vaccination in December. “I had the Pfizer vaccine last month and wasn’t worried about having it,” the 80-year-old said. “People should take the vaccine as it’s there to protect us and save lives.”
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