We have been working with partners at Public Health Scotland to create accurate and accessible information about the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

We’ve developed a series of videos featuring members of the public which offer factual information about vaccines, and tackle some common myths, in a number of languages.

The videos have been recorded in Albanian, Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, and Yoruba. You can find all of them on our YouTube channel.

 

 

Jewels Lang, Communities Manager, Scottish Refugee Council said: “Refugee and migrant communities in Scotland are disproportionally overrepresented both in hospitalisation and infection rates but are underrepresented in vaccine uptake. The reasons for the low take-up include a lack of understanding and misinformation.

“It is vital that information about the COVID-19 vaccine should be culturally appropriate, from sources and community languages of trust – this is why we made a series of these films with Public Health Scotland.

“Health literacy varies amongst communities in how information is interpreted and a lot of the reluctance is around the communication mediums used, that is why grass roots communication like this is essential.

“It has an impact because local people can see the faces they know from their community that they feel they can trust.”

More resources, including videos about what to expect at a vaccination centre (available in a number of languages) and details of vaccine eligibility are available from NHS Inform.

 

 

Claire Thomson
Author: Claire Thomson