The community outreach efforts of the vaccination centre at Birkenhead Medical Building were expanded to more sites this week, as Wirral passed the halfway mark in the rollout of the first jab across the borough.

The service delivered vaccinations to vulnerable people in BAME communities at Wirral Islamic Centre & Mosque, Wirral Change and Wirral Multicultural Centre.

Over 1,000 persons belonging to various at risk communities have been vaccinated. This has included Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Bangladesh, Indian, Pakistan, Arabic, Romanian, Polish and other minority communities.

Dr Abhi Mantgani, Senior Executive Partner for Miriam Primary Care Group, said: "We wish to thank the management and staff at Wirral Multicultural Organisation Wirral Change, Wirral Mosque and Wirral Asian Association for their co-operation and support in delivering this project.

"We will be conducting more sessions over the coming weeks."

Wirral Globe: The vaccination team from Birkenhead Medical BuildingThe vaccination team from Birkenhead Medical Building

The vaccination centre at Birkenhead Medical Building on Laird Street has now given over 35,000 vaccinations extending the access to new groups.

People from ethnic minorities living in deprived communities are more likely to be hesitant about the coronavirus vaccine than those in more affluent areas, a study has shown.

The survey of people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups in Cheshire and Merseyside prompted the local NHS to launch a campaign promoting vaccine safety.

The online study showed 13% of the 636 people who took part would either probably or definitely not take the vaccine.

In more deprived areas 33% reported a reluctance, compared with 17% in less deprived areas, the study said.

Dr Raj Kumar, a GP and chairman of the NHS Clinical Leaders Network, said: “It was interesting to see the least deprived populations had starkly different responses to the most deprived.

“It is quite clear that deprivation and higher levels of deprivation have an impact on a population’s thinking in relation to the vaccination itself.”

When asked about the barriers to having the jab, 42% of those questioned said they were concerned about how well it works and 40% were worried about potential side effects.

Twenty-nine per cent said they were worried about leaving home to get the vaccine and catching the virus, while 12% said they did not trust the Government and 6% cited their faith or religion as a barrier.

Dr Kumar said members of BAME communities could be more susceptible to rumours spread on social media about the vaccine because of deep-rooted feelings of distrust in the Government.

He said he hoped the study would allow the right information to be communicated to the right places.