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Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Community urged to take part in import COVID-19 research

by Jonathan Kearney

A study has been launched in Knowsley to understand the impact of COVID-19 among Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities and the potential take-up of the COVID-19 vaccination.

The study is being carried out by the Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership in response to data showing that ethnic communities are disproportionately affected by the virus.

Research into survival rates among confirmed COVID-19 cases showed that people of Bangladeshi ethnicity were twice as likely to die from the virus, when compared with people of white British ethnicity. People of Chinese, Indian, Pakistani, other Asian, Caribbean and other black ethnicity had a 10%to 50% higher risk of death when compared to white British.

The study aims to gain a deeper understanding into the experiences of ethnic groups during the pandemic and attitudes towards the COVID-19 vaccinations.

Health officials say the research will also enable them to identify new and key insights which will help to improve engagement between the NHS and different ethnic groups.

The survey, which can be translated into various languages upon request, is available online. A telephone survey can be arranged for those people who do not have access to the internet.

All answers will remain anonymous and everyone taking part will be entered into a prize draw with a chance to win a selection of Amazon gift vouchers.

The closing date for people to have their voices heard is 25th January 2021.