Luton community leaders join forces to urge people to get vaccinated

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Different communities from across Luton have teamed up to urge people to take the coronavirus vaccine when it's offered to them.

Faith and Community leaders have taken part in a short vaccination film put together by the Borough Council.

It's after concerns some people were hesitant to have the vaccine.

I am taking the vaccine and encouraging our brothers and sisters to take this vaccine. It is very important that we don't get bogged down by conspiracy theories and don't get scared into not taking it

Ashfaque Choudhury, Bury Park Road Mosque

Experts say the vaccine is safe and mass vaccination is vital for recovering from the pandemic.

Local authorities have thanked respected community leaders for stepping forward to help them promote taking the vaccine through the video.  

They say the leaders represent a wide range of faiths and ethnicities and they believe that they will have encourage more people to get vaccinated.

The communities that make our town so strong and vibrant have really rallied to the fore and are now getting behind this massive effort

Hazel Simmons, Leader, Luton Council

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Dr Joan Bailey, from Holy Cross Church in Marsh Farm/Caribbean Lunch Clubs, said getting a vaccine would protect people and their families and it was vitally important to get it done.

Dr Sarah Whiteman, GP and the Chair elect for Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group, said it would only be possible to get back to normal life if as many people as possible have the jab.

The authorities are pointing out that all vaccines approved for use in the UK have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

They also point out that millions of people have been given a COVID-19 vaccine and reports of serious side effects, such as allergic reactions, have been very rare. No long-term complications have been reported.