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A video urging people from ethnic minority communities to get the Covid vaccine will be shown across the UK's main commercial TV channels later.

Sanjeev Bhaskar, Meera Syal and Romesh Ranganathan are among the celebrities who feature in the video, which has previously been released online. 

More stars have been added to the version that will be screened on ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 at 21:56. STV and various Sky TV channels will also take part in the TV "roadblock" tonight. 

The film will not be shown on the BBC because the corporation's charter prevents it from taking part in campaigns, but the issues it raises and some of the participants will feature on BBC TV and radio programmes today. 

Citizen Khan creator Adil Ray, who co-ordinated the video, said: "We are in unprecedented times and the fact remains this pandemic disproportionately affects people from ethnic minority communities. 

"It's heartening to see all the major broadcasters come together in an equally unprecedented television broadcast at this crucial time." 

Singer Beverley Knight, Olympic heptathlete Denise Lewis, historian David Olusoga and actor Hugh Quarshie are among the stars in the video's latest version. 

The campaign comes amid growing concern about the uptake of Covid vaccines among black, Asian and other ethnic minority communities in the UK. Official figures suggest that people from ethnic minorities are less likely to get vaccinated. 

Fake news about the vaccine has been a particular problem in the South Asian community, and is addressed in the #TakeTheVaccine video. 

"There's no chip or tracker in the vaccine to keep watching where you go," says Ranganathan in the film. "Your mobile phone actually does a much better job of that." 

The video also rebuts claims that the vaccine contains animal products and is not halal, or that it causes infertility.

18 February 2021                                            Back to the headlines

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