Yewande Biala, who worked as a scientist before Love Island, has shared a video aimed at increasing vaccine confidence in young and BAME people.
In the video shared on her Instagram page, Yewande sits down for a video call to discuss misinformation and trust around the vaccines with two experts—frontline A&E doctor Dr Emeka Okorocha and Professor Kevin Fenton who is the Regional Director of PHE London and Public Health NHS London.
As someone that has previously worked with vaccines, I feel like I have a responsibility to help to increase confidence and trust in communities where there has been low take-up... It was important for me to hopefully educate people on the importance of vaccines and in particular the COVID-19 vaccine, helping to answer some questions they might have.
Covid-19 vaccine mythbusting
Yewande quizzed the experts on some of the most common vaccine myths, such as the concern that the vaccine might have an impact on fertility. Dr Emeka said:
There is no clinical evidence to suggest that there’s any adverse effect on fertility. This has been dispelled by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecology and Midwifery.
Professor Kevin debunked myths about the contents of the vaccine, confirming:
There are no pork materials included in the vaccines. There are no foetal materials which are included in the vaccines. The vaccines do not have microchips in them. The vaccine’s main content is going to be both water as well as chemicals which are required to stabilise the vaccine so it can be safely administered in your arm.
Do young people need to get vaccinated?
Frontline worker Dr Emeka underlined that whilst younger people are less likely to be severely affected by the virus, they are not immune and can still be affected or pass the virus on to someone they love. Under-50s are not yet eligible for the vaccine unless they are clinically vulnerable, work in frontline health or social care or have a learning disability. The vaccine is expected to be available to all over-18s in the UK by 31st July.
For more information go to www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine