Caribbean and African Health Network calls on community to get vaccinated

A group of prominent health and community leaders have made a joint pledge, in an effort to increase the take up vaccinations across their black communities.

In an open letter to the Black African Caribbean and Black African Community, they pledge to be available for open and honest discussions about COVID-19 vaccination. This is to help the community that has been the target of disinformation about COVID-19 and vaccination. They also reassure that you will receive respect and compassion, whether you are asking for more information, having a much needed booster dose, or your very first COVID-19 vaccination.

Whilst vaccination take-up is increasing in the Black community, it is at a slower rate than for other populations. Leaving more of the Black community at risk of catching COVID and becoming seriously ill.

"As a nurse, I have seen too many people in intensive care with COVID-19. And too many people from my own community, of all ages, some with long term health conditions and some who were previously very healthy. Everyone, who is unvaccinated is at risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19"
— Jennifer Pearson, Regional Midlands Lead CNO CMidO BME SAG

Throughout the pandemic, CAHN has been undertaking works and projects to promote health equity.

  • Ensuring people have access to services, trusted COVID-19 and vaccination information and the opportunity to engage with health professionals.
  • Helping people to make informed health choices.
  • CAHN continues to offer a vaccination helpline, answering people’s questions about vaccination to help them to feel more empowered and confident in their decision.

Call the CAHN helpline

0771 002 2382

The COVID-19 vaccine is available to everyone over the age of 12 living in the UK, free of charge and irrespective of a person’s immigration status.


CAHN Open letter - The pledge