Charity video urges deaf ethnic minorities to have Covid-19 vaccine
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A Cambridgeshire charity has helped create a signed video to encourage ethnic minorities from the deaf community to have the Covid-19 vaccine.
Cambridgeshire Deaf Association said evidence shows that black and Asian people are far more susceptible to Covid-19.
The signed video, they added, "aims to dispel myths, answer questions and provide some helpful information".
The video has been made by six UK deafness charities: Action Deafness, Cambridgeshire Deaf Association, deafPlus, Manchester Deaf Centre, Royal Association of Deaf People and Sign Health.
It features a range of people from various ethnic backgrounds within the deaf community, including actors, TV producers and comedians.
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Andrew Palmer, from Cambridgeshire Deaf Association, said: "We’re really pleased to be involved in this project with organisations working with deaf people across the UK.
"The evidence shows that vaccine take-up is having a big impact on the number of coronavirus cases, hospital admissions and deaths.
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"The evidence also shows that there seems to be more reluctance to take the vaccine from people in black and south Asian communities.
"This video is a way to explain in sign language the benefits of the vaccination and dispel some of the myths about the jab that have been circulating.
"I hope that it will make a difference not just in our area but across the country.”