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.

We worked with Hussam to share this information in Arabic. Here, he explains why he got involved in this project.

My name is Hussam, I am from Syria. I live in Scotland with my wife and three children. We have lived here since November 2018. We left Syria to Lebanon in 2012 because of the civil war, then came to Scotland through United Nations as refugees. Our daughter was ill and needed an operation but thankfully now is very well. I’d like to say thankyou to the NHS for everything they have done for my daughter.

I work at a residential care home for young people so for this reason I got the vaccine. My wife has had her first jab because she is a carer for our daughter.

I shared the video with some friends and the community and said that I got the vaccine and there were no problems and everything was fine.

Hopefully the pandemic finishes soon and we can return to our normal life and see other friends soon and meet again. Not just in the UK but over the world too, if other countries don’t come out of it then we can’t travel and visit friends or go on holidays. I am looking forward to seeing peace in Syria and all the world, and to be able to meet the rest of my family again.

My family and I are so happy to live in a wonderful and safe place. We would like to thank Scotland, our local council and everyone who has been supporting and helping us.

We feel that Scotland is our home. We love Scotland.


Chris Afuakwah
Author: Chris Afuakwah