A government-commissioned study released Friday found that over two years after the outbreak began, Black and other ethnic minority people in the United Kingdom are still dying at a higher rate than white residents, which is mainly due to lower vaccination rates among the general population of the country.
COVID-19 Killed More Black And Asian Britons Than White Britons
According to the study’s results, immunization has considerably reduced COVID-19 death rates among persons of all ethnicities and racial backgrounds. Even though white people are more likely than Black and South Asian people to get infected, black and South Asian Britons die at a greater rate than white people.
When it comes to the first two waves of COVID-19 deaths, independent British government advisor Dr. Raghib Ali says that “the higher death rate observed in ethnic minorities in the first two waves was primarily due to their higher risk of infection when compared to whites, particularly among the older age groups.”.
While ethnic minorities have seen lower infection rates than whites in recent months, hospitalization and mortality rates have remained higher, reflecting the increased uptake of vaccines among those at greater risk, according to Ali.
Health authorities in the United Kingdom have invested in educational campaigns and collaborated with community organizations and religious leaders to address the reluctance of ethnic minorities to be vaccinated. Vaccination rates among older Black African and Pakistani persons have risen the most in the six months preceding up to October, showing that the campaign has been successful, says Ali.
White individuals have the greatest immunization rates, whereas black people have the lowest overall immunization rates. Moreover, 90% of persons in the United Kingdom have received at least one vaccination shot.
However, this figure is lower among Asian groups and lower yet among those of African and Caribbean descent. Ali was appointed as the new commissioner of COVID-19 when the government realized that some ethnic groups were being targeted more aggressively than others.
As a consequence of research, several variables have been identified. Health issues are more prevalent in certain ethnic groups, and these problems tend to be greater and longer-lasting than in other groups.
In the early stages of the pandemic, ethnic minorities in front-line jobs, such as taxi and public transportation drivers, had significant infection rates. Kemi Badenoch, equalities Minister, said that the knowledge of how COVID-19 impacts ethnic groups has greatly improved since the outbreak started.
According to Dr. Sherwood, scientists now know that variables including a person’s occupation, where they reside, and how many individuals they share an apartment with all affect their vulnerability to the virus. According to her, those who are at greater risk should get their booster immunizations.
Everyone over the age of 18 in the United Kingdom is expected to get a third booster dose of influenza vaccination by the end of January. Even if the new and possibly more transmissible Omicron form proves to be more resistant to vaccination than existing strains, health experts feel that improved protection will aid in the prevention of its spread. UK mortality from coronavirus has exceeded 145,000, making it Europe’s second most lethal nation behind Russia.