Nurse appeals to BAME communities to have Covid-19 jab

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A nurse who was seriously ill with coronavirus is “begging” people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds to have their Covid-19 vaccine, amid concerns of low uptake among these communities.

Millie Magadlela (pictured above), who has been working at a vaccine hub at University Hospital of North Tees, has taken part in a new video campaign by her trust to encourage members of BAME communities to get vaccinated.

Concerns have been raised in recent weeks that fewer people from BAME backgrounds are taking up the offer of a Covid-19 jab.

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Mary Seacole

Mary Jane Seacole (née Grant; 23 November 1805 – 14 May 1881) was a British-Jamaican nurse, healer and businesswoman who set up the "British Hotel" behind the lines during the Crimean War. She described this as "a mess-table and comfortable quarters for sick and convalescent officers", and provided succour for wounded servicemen on the battlefield, and nursed many of them back to health. Coming from a tradition of Jamaican and West African "doctresses", Seacole displayed "compassion, skills […]

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