Councillors in vaccination call

Published Thursday, 11 February 2021

Two City Councillors have called on people of all cultures and backgrounds to follow their example and have the COVID-19 vaccination.

Cllr Birdi having his jab
Pictured: Cllr Birdi having his jab

Cllr Ram Lakha and Cllr Jaswant Singh Birdi, have both had their jabs in recent days after being contacted by the NHS.

They praised staff and said they would recommend that everyone follows medical advice, including members of the city’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities.

Cllr Lakha, who represents Binley and Willenhall ward, said: “I am fine and the staff were very good. I have tweeted about it with my photo.

“I am happy to follow any professional advice and I would urge others to do the same. We all need to do all we can to stop the spread of coronavirus.”

Cllr Birdi, who represents Bablake ward, had his jab at the Hillfields Health Centre, in Stoney Stanton Road.

He said: “The NHS offered me the vaccine and I accepted, and I would advise everyone that it is important to get vaccinated to protect yourself, your loved ones and others from coronavirus.

“I feel safer and there were no side effects from the vaccine. It has given me a lot of confidence.”

The call comes as data indicates that people from BAME communities are less likely to take up the offer of a vaccine for a variety of reasons, but are one of the most likely groups to suffer with the virus.

See the Council’s website for the latest advice and guidelines on coronavirus and vaccinations, as well as some myth-busting facts about the vaccine.

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