Image above: Still from Rupa Huq MP’s vaccine video

Rupa Huq gets celeb mates to make ‘get vaccinated’ video

Rupa Huq MP has roped in her sister, former Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq, Konnie’s husband, Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker, community activist Grace Quansah and pop superstar James McVey to join her in making a video to get the message out, especially to ethnic minority communities, in Ealing, Acton and Chiswick, to get vaccinated.

Images above: Konnie Huq; Charlie Brooker

The MP for Ealing Central and Acton said the video – which has now received over 24,500 views on Twitter at the time of writing – was inspired by reports of vaccine hesitancy.

“I had numerous conversations with everyone from Matt Hancock to neighbours where it was flagged that there is a degree of vaccine hesitancy in the population” said Rupa.

“I’d heard it said repeatedly that ethnic minorities are the most reluctant. Most recently on an Acton Residents’ Association call chaired by Councillor Hitesh Tailor it was stated that it’s young people who are most resistant.”

Images above: Grace Quansah, James McVey

Step up ethnic minority members of Ealing’s community: Konnie Huq, Grace Quansah and Mayor of Ealing Abdullah Qulaid. Step up James McVey, 27 year old lead guitarist and back up vocalist for the pop rock group The Vamps.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has been incredibly challenging for the people of Ealing, Acton and Chiswick” said Konnie. “Many will have lost love ones, suffered financial harship.  Our lives have changed in ways previously thought unimaginable.”

“However, with the NHS vaccination programme now under way, we have a real chance of putting this all behind us” said Councillor Hitesh Tailor.

“I’m fed up with lockdown” said Grace Quansah, founder and director of WAPPY –  the Writing, Acting & Publish Project for Youngsters set up in 2008 to empower young people in creative expression.

“I want to see my daughter at school. I miss my grandchildren. I want to live as normally as possible. We can only get control of this pandemic if we take the vaccine”.

Images above: Shaheena Uddin; 91 year old Marjorie Dearman

The video includes faith leaders, including Rev. Nick Jones, Rector of Acton and Shaheena Uddin from the Muslim Community organisation Outreach West London.

“Each of us has the power to protect ourselves and to slow the rate of transmission” said Nick.

“The vaccine is 100% vegetarian, halal and kosher” said Shaheena.

“When the vaccine comes I will welcome it with an open arm” said Rabbi Janet Burden.

The video also includes a 91 year old woman Marjorie Dearman who commented:

“In my lifetime I’ve seen polio, diphtheria, tetanus all eliminated by the vaccination. If we all take the vaccine, Covid can be too”.

Charlie Brooker warned against the influence of misleading information on the internet:

“Online misinformation is dangerous. Speak with trusted healthcare professionals to learn more, and encourage those close to you to do the same if you or they’re have concerns”.

James McVey said: “I’m extremely lucky that the elderly members of my family and my mum have already received theire vaccines. I can’t wait to get mine…. And that means that I can get back to doing what I love the most, which is touring”.

The message from all of them, spoken by Rupa, is “When it’s your turn, please have the vaccine”.

The video was cut together by Finley Harnett from Huq’s office. To watch the video, click on the image below.

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