Community nurse Nancy, who rose to fame after making an emotional speech to her colleagues on a BBC documentary last year following her recovery from Covid-19, has urged the black community to follow her in taking the Covid-19 vaccine.
The Royal Free nurse received her vaccination today and was accompanied by friend and Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London Luisa Porritt.
“There is absolutely no reason why people in the black community should not take the vaccine. It is safe. I am a nurse and I have absolute faith in the process it has gone through to get approved. It’s quick and painless, you just wait your turn and it’s all over in seconds.
“I’m worried that if black people do not take up the offer of the vaccine now, they may slip to the back of the queue and get left behind. That would be a tragedy for our community, who are already at a higher risk of getting the virus. So if you get the chance, get the jab!”
Luisa Porritt, Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London, said:
“It was a pleasure to join my friend Nancy today as she received her vaccination for Covid-19. It is vitally important to reassure the Black community in Camden that the vaccine is safe.
“Vaccination uptake rates among Black residents over 70 in the borough is just 28%, compared with 64% for White residents, while for Asian residents it is still disproportionately low at 43%.
“My message to Camden is this: you can trust the NHS and you can trust people like Nancy. She is a nurse, she has had Covid-19 and she knows how important it is that everyone in the Black community has their vaccination when their opportunity comes. Vaccines give light at the end of the tunnel for all of us and we should leave nobody behind in this effort.”