With the vaccine rollout moving forward across the country, Jack Dromey has written to 15,000 Erdington households to encourage them to take up the offer of a vaccine when they are contacted by the NHS.
The letter, which covers a range of topics including clinical trials, side effects and the impact on transmission, was produced as part of the Erdington Covid-19 Taskforce’s ‘Be Safe and Vaccinate’ campaign, which aims to encourage vaccine uptake by tackling dangerous misinformation that is spreading on social media.
Due to the now established link between poverty and Covid, Mr Dromey decided to target the most deprived areas of the constituency. This involved extensive work with local organisations to identify areas that ranked highest on the index of multiple deprivation and then matching this to addresses.
The reverse of the letter includes key information on testing, helplines for those in need, and how people will be contacted for their vaccination.
Other initiatives taken by the Erdington Covid-19 Taskforce include placing articles in local media and producing 15,000 myth-busting flyers in a range of languages with the aim of reaching as many people from different communities as possible.
Jack Dromey, MP for Birmingham Erdington, said:
“The past 12 months have been extremely difficult for people across Erdington, Birmingham and Britain. Covid-19 has presented unprecedented challenges, both for individuals and for society as a whole, and I’d like to pay tribute to Erdington residents for playing their part in defeating this terrible virus.
“The vaccines offer us hope after what has been a desperately grim year. The vaccine rollout is going well, but we now need to make sure that as many people take the vaccine as possible when offered.
“That’s why I have written to 15,000 households across the constituency to provide them with key information about the vaccine, including reassuring people the vaccines are safe.
“I would urge every Erdington resident to accept the offer of a vaccine when they are contacted by the NHS. It is our best tool to defeat Covid and protect not only ourselves, but our friends, family, neighbours and our community.”