Hospital worker Oliur champions the vaccine

Rollout continues as NHS staff and local politicians are among those getting the jab

Friday, 26th February 2021 — By Calum Fraser

Oliur Rahman

BAME ‘Health Champion’ Oliur Rahman receives his first coronavirus jab

SENIOR local politicians and NHS workers received their first Covid-19 vaccines this week, calling on the public to step up and help in the national rollout.

Islington Council leader Richard Watts attended the Hanley Primary Care Centre on Wednesday in casual attire where he received his first dose.

He gave thanks to “NHS, council and volunteer” staff who are rolling out the vaccine in the borough – however the Everton FC strip he wore is bound to have raised some eyebrows among the thousands of Arsenal fans he represents.

Council leader Richard Watts gets his jab

Oliur Rahman, of Caledonian Road, also received his jab this week as he works as a security guard at Charing Cross Hospital.

Mr Rahman, a borough “Health Champion” who helps provide information about Covid-19 to members of the black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) community, said: “Many questions still exist from BAME communities: is it actually good for us? Are there any animal products in it? Some say it is not acceptable. I attended an event arranged by more than 20 Islamic scholars and they explained why Muslim and BAME people should take the vaccine. There is nothing in the Islamic teachings which says we should not take the vaccine. There is nothing Haram in the vaccine.”

North East London Assembly member Jennette Arnold, who represents Islington, also received her jab, saying that vaccine hesitancy among some health workers in England may undermine the rollout.

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