#VaccineVoices

People from across our communities sharing their experiences of having the Covid-19 vaccine.

Sadly there is a lot of vaccine misinformation, so we are on a mission to collect #VaccineVoices - people from across our communities sharing their experiences of having the vaccine.

Page created 3rd February 2021 | Updated 3rd March 2021

Vaccine Voices 19 - Shaz

Our Near Neighbours worker Shaz explains why she is keen to have the #Covidvaccine when offered - to protect the people she loves and cares for! #VaccineVoices

Vaccine Voices 18 - Lesley

In this weeks #vaccinevoices, we're featuring TCT staff saying why they have either had or are looking forward to having the #covidvaccine. Today, Lesley from our Places of Welcome team reflects on her "best present ever" - her covid vaccine 👍 🎁

Vaccine Voices 17 - Rue

In this weeks #vaccinevoices, we're featuring TCT staff saying why they have either had or are looking forward to having the #covidvaccine.Today, Rue describes how she got over her initial concerns:

"I had my first vaccine at the hospital. The whole process once you get in to have your jab is very easy and relaxed. I had 15 minutes afterwards where you sit, to make sure you have no initial side effects, then you get your second appointment and you leave. I wasn't sure whether to have the vaccine at first but changed my mind when people close to me were getting ill with the virus. I'm glad I did, the only after effect I had was a really heavy arm and underarm."

Vaccine Voices 17 - Cassius

In this weeks #vaccinevoices, we're featuring TCT staff saying why they have either had or are looking forward to having the #covidvaccine. First up is Rev Cassius Francis 👍

Vaccine Voices 16 - Adam from Walsall

In today's #vaccinevoices video, we're delighted to have a second video of Adam Shaban - Imam of African Community Walsall and founder of Nuuril Huda Cultural Centre, sharing his #covidvaccine message in the Hausa language.

Vaccine Voices 15 - Surinder from Birmingham

In today's #VaccineVoices video, we're delighted to hear from Surinder, who contacted us to encourage people to take up the #covidvaccine when offered. He shares in Punjabi. Here is the English translation: My name is Surinder Singh. I'm the Covid Champion for Nishkam and Birmingham Council. My humble request is for anyone who receives the opportunity to get vaccinated be it Pfizer or AstraZeneca please get vaccinated and protect your self and the community, so we can get some normality back in our lives as quickly as possible. We are delighted to partner with our colleagues at Near Neighbours Birmingham for this video, part of Thrive Together Birmingham.

Vaccine Voices 14 - Shardbhai from Walsall

In today #vaccinevoices, we are delighted to hear from Sharadbhai Bhatt, Priest at the Shree Ram Mandir in Walsall, who shares in Gujarati about why it is important to have your #covidvaccine.

Vaccine Voices 13 - Balbir from Walsall

In todays #vaccinevoices film, Balbir takes us inside the vaccination centre in Walsall, letting us know how she found having her #covidvaccine.

Vaccine Voice 12 - Jan from Wolverhampton

Why should we all have the covidvaccine when offered? In today's #vaccinevoices video, Jan from 'Friend's of Di's Kitchen, which supports homeless and vulnerable people from across the City of Wolverhampton gives some very compelling reasons why we should all say "Yes" to the vaccine.

Vaccine Voices 11 - Kajal from Walsall

Today's #vaccinevoices video is Kajal Paw, the Secretary of Walsall Hindu Forum. She shares in Gujarati why she is supporting the #COVIDVaccine

#VaccineVoices 10 - Adam from Walsall

Today we’re delighted to be hearing from Adam in Walsall. Adam Shaban is part of the Nuurul Huda Cultural Centre in Walsall. He shares about why it’s important to him to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccine Voices 9 - Jan from Lichfield

Lichfield Cathedral was the 1st cathedral in England to host a #COVIDVaccine clinic, partnering with Lichfield Primary Care Network. The Rt Revd Jan McFarlane, a Cathedral Canon and Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Lichfield, shares her reflections in today’s #vaccinevoices + amazing time lapse video from Peter Walker 👏👏

”In the Cathedral setting up for the vaccination clinic I felt strangely emotional. Working together to beat this vile common enemy. A beacon of hope.”

Vaccine Voices 8 - Said from Smethwick

Today, we’re delighted to show you just how easy having the #covidvaccine is! Said Odowa, Family Support Co-ordinator & Advice Worker at Ileys Community in Smethwick videoed his vaccination on Tuesday and shares his experiences in English and Somali.

Thanks to funding from MHCLG via Near Neighbours we are partnering to tackle Covid-19. Sadly there is a lot of vaccine misinformation, so we are on a mission to collect #VaccineVoices - people from across our communities sharing their experiences of having the vaccine. #covidvaccine.

Vaccine Voices 7 - Amratbhai from Walsall

Today's #VaccineVoices video is in Gujarati and features Amratbhai Mistry, Trustee of the Hindu Forum in Walsall.

Vaccine Voices 6 - Peter from Oldbury

We’re delighted to hear from Peter, Minister at Warley Baptist Church. He outlines how cooperation across the globe has led to the speedy production of a safe vaccine. We love the “vaccine.. get it done!” quote from Dr Lisa McNally, Director of Public Health at Sandwell Council. #vaccinevoices

Vaccine Voices 5 - Olivia from Wolverhampton

Today’s #vaccinevoices video is Olivia Birch, City of Wolverhampton Councillor for Bilston North, encouraging everyone to say yes to the Covid vaccine, particularly people from the black and Asian community.

#VaccineVoices 4 - Mrs Madhu Patel, Vice Chair, Shree Ram Mandir in Walsall

In today's #VaccineVoices we are delighted to hear from Mrs Madhu Patel, Vice Chair, Shree Ram Mandir in Walsall. In this Gujarati language version, she shares here experienc of having the #covidvaccine and her encouragement for other to say yes to the vaccine when they are asked.

Vaccine Voices 3 - Dawn from Wolverhampton

In today's #VaccineVoices video, we are delighted to hear from Dawn, an MHA Chaplain for a 60 bed care home in Wolverhampton.

Vaccine Voices 2 - Liz from Staffordshire


‘I had my first Covid vaccination on Monday at the Staffordshire County showground.

The whole experience was excellently organised in a most calming and reassuring way – the actual vaccination is not in the least bit painful and afterwards it was just lovely to sit in a large room with other people listening to peaceful, gentle chatter and quiet, tranquil music playing in the background.

I could have happily stayed there for longer!!’ (Liz) #covidvaccine

Vaccine Voices 1 - Chimanbhai Karadia from Walsall

Today we are delighted to share the experience of Chimanbhai Karadia, Operations Director of Sewa Kitchen in Walsall.