West Indian care home resident with dementia SHOULD have Covid jab despite her son arguing ‘testing has been done predominantly on white people’, judge rules
- The pensioner’s son raised concerns about the effectiveness of the vaccine
- Did not object to vaccination in principle but wanted more evidence
- Said mother was ‘not black’ but of ‘Spanish, French, Indian and Scottish’ descent
A West Indian woman in her 80s who is suffering from dementia and living in a care home should be given a coronavirus vaccine despite her son’s concerns, a judge has ruled.
The pensioner’s son raised concerns about the effectiveness of the vaccine and said testing had been predominantly carried out on ‘white people’.
He did not object to vaccination in principle but said medics should wait until more evidence had been gathered.
The man, who said his mother was ‘not black’ but of ‘Spanish, French, Indian and Scottish’ descent, wanted ‘more data’.
Doctors thought she should be vaccinated and Mr Justice Hayden agreed.
A West Indian woman in her 80s who is suffering from dementia and living in a care home should be given a coronavirus vaccine despite her son’s concerns, a judge has ruled
The judge concluded that the woman did not have the mental capacity to make a decision for herself and ruled that vaccination was in her best interests.
Vaccines minister fears low vaccine take-up among ethnic minorities
Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi fears black and ethnic minorities may see a lower take-up of the Covid-19 vaccination.
There are concerns language and cultural barriers are feeding the spread of false information as the Government scientific advice panel revealed large differences in different communities taking the vaccine.
A document released by SAGE last week found a ‘marked difference existed by ethnicity, with black ethnic groups the most likely to be Covid-19 hesitant, followed by Pakistani/Bangladeshi groups’.
The report said adults in minority ethnic groups were less likely to receive vaccines than those in white groups, by between 10-20 per cent.
Mr Zahawi said: ‘My big worry is if 85 per cent of the adult population get vaccinated, if the 15 per cent skews heavily to the BAME community, the virus will very quickly infect that community.’
He was told that other residents in the care home where the woman lived had tested positive for Covid-19 and said she was at risk of becoming ill and dying.
Mr Justice Hayden said the woman was at ‘very high risk’ and added: ‘The vaccination is in her best interests and, moreover, I consider it should be administered as expeditiously as possible.’
The judge considered the case at a virtual hearing in the Court of Protection, where issues relating to people who might lack the mental capacity to make decisions are analysed, on Wednesday.
He said the woman, a retired secretary who was born in the West Indies and spent much of her life in the London area, could not be identified in media reports.
The woman’s son told the judge that he was ‘dismayed’ by the decision.
‘I am not objecting to my mother having the vaccination,’ he told the hearing.
‘I am just asking for it to be delayed – adjourned until there is more evidence.’
He added: ‘Testing has been done predominantly on white people.’
Mr Justice Hayden said he disagreed with the woman’s son.
He said there was no evidence that vaccines produced adverse reactions and they were recognised as being effective.
The case comes after a study conducted in November by the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex found that 72 per cent of black people were unlikely to have the coronavirus jab.
Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Eastern European groups also said they were unwilling to take the Covid jab, while women, younger people and those with lower levels of education were also more hesitant than others, the UK Household Longitudinal Study found.
The Government’s scientific advisory committee, SAGE, blamed ‘structural and institutional racism and discrimination’ for vaccine scepticism among Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.
Their report said historical issues of unethical healthcare research and systemic racism are key factors for lower levels of trust in Britain’s mass vaccination programme.
Mr Justice Hayden said he disagreed with the woman’s son
The SAGE report concluded: ‘Trust is particularly important for black communities that have low trust in healthcare organisations and research findings due to historical issues of unethical healthcare research.
‘Trust is also undermined by structural and institutional racism and discrimination. Minority ethnic groups have historically been underrepresented within health research, including vaccines trials, which can influence trust in a particular vaccine being perceived as appropriate and safe, and concerns that immunisation research is not ethnically heterogenous.’
The findings have sparked concern among GPs who are now calling on No10 to begin a public health campaign that encourages black people in particular to receive a coronavirus vaccine.
Prof Martin Marshall, chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: ‘We are concerned that recent reports show that people within BAME communities are not only more likely to be adversely affected by the virus but also less likely to accept the Covid vaccine, when offered it.
‘As such, where appropriate, we’re calling for public health communications to be tailored to patients in BAME communities, to reassure them about the efficacy and safety of the vaccine and ultimately encourage them to come forward for their vaccination when they are invited for it.’
The case comes after a study conducted in November by the UK Household Longitudal Study found that 72 per cent of black people were unlikely to have the coronavirus jab
Concerns have been raised that misinformation spread within some BAME communities plays on religious concerns – that the vaccine might contain gelatine, or other animal products and is not halal, or that it can result in modification of DNA.
Dr Habib Naqvi, director of the NHS Race and Health Observatory, has said language and cultural barriers play a part in the false information being distributed.
He said: ‘We need to be clear to our communities that there is no meat or meat products in the vaccine. There is no pork, there is no alcohol and it has been endorsed by religious leaders and religious councils.
‘Organisations and officials are working with social Asian role models, community leaders, influencers, religious leaders, to help to debunk some of the myths that are out there.’
Dr Naqvi said is essential for the NHS to tailor its services to meet ‘the diverse needs of our communities’.
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