Battling vaccine misinformation, mistrust and systemic failure in Britain’s minority communities – CBC

Temples, Twitter and TikTok are being used to tackle vaccine hesitancy

Feb 10, 2021

Volunteers in neon vests stand out against the white stone Hindu temple in North London where they check people in for vaccine appointments. The Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kingsbury was the first temple turned mass vaccination clinic in the world and is part of the United Kingdom’s effort to target specific communities in its ambitious rollout plan.

“The older people who generally do attend this temple, I think they feel a lot more safe with the faces that they’re used to,” said volunteer Mayur Patel.

“There’s a level of trust with the community, so they know the community is not going to give them false information.”

Surindar Kunar, who arrived for her appointment with a plastic face shield for protection, said she knows vaccines are good because she was a nurse.

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