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Coronavirus: Misinformation

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 2340, tabled on 17 May 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to tackle covid-19 vaccine misinformation among African communities in the UK by providing accurate information in (a) Tigrinya, (b) Amharic, (c) Blen, (d) Kibajuni, (e) KiSwahili, (f) Tigre, (g) Oromo, (h) Afar, (i) Sidayama, (j) Wolayatta, (k) Hausa, (l) Chichewa and (m) Igbo.

Answered on

25 May 2021

The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government’s Community Champions scheme works with trusted local leaders to advise local communities about the vaccine and support local communities. The Government’s vaccination programme includes the use of street ambassadors to provide advice and information to local communities. The teams include ambassadors who can speak KiSwahili, Oromo, Afar, Yoruba, Akan and Somali.