Enfield Caribbean Association (ECA) Chair Oveta McInnis and Vice-Chair Paul Riddell have been working alongside the NHS North Central London, Primary Care Trust to address the issue of vaccine uptake by black and ethnic minorities. ECA have been working with Riyad Karim, assistant director of primary Care Enfield and his team. ECA participated in a Webinar in April 2021, alongside lead medical practitioners in the borough addressing the issues of mistrust, lack of confidence in the vaccine, education about how vaccines work and the benefits of the virus outweighing the dangers. This is ongoing work.
Collaborating with Caribbean and African Health Network
ECA is also developing collaborations with Caribbean and African Health Network (CAHN), an established black health organisation working in greater Manchester and beyond, looking at wider health issues affecting black communities. They have a team of black expert health practitioners including doctors, research scientists and nurses committed to make a difference to the health of black communities.
In February, The Black Health Group was formed to address issues and concerns in relation to Covid-19 vaccination in the black community.