‘Rain does not fall on one roof alone’: COVID-19 vaccination choices



6:00 pm - 7:30 pm




Free (donations to RAS gratefully received)

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the lives of everyone in the UK as it has spread indiscriminately. Yet research at the end of 2020 found that Black African communities had been hit the hardest, with mortality rates several times higher than those among white people. Despite this higher risk, however, vaccination rates among this group are also the lowest in the country at just 58.8%. People over 70 of black African heritage are 7.4 times more likely not to have received a jab than their white counterparts.


This event will provide a safe space in which participants can share facts about the COVID-19 vaccines and dispel myths as they discuss how best to protect the community and the wider population. It is held in partnership with Public Health England and the NHS.


Moderator: Zeinab Badawi (she/her) – Chair, The Royal African Society



• Professor David Olusoga (he/him) – Professor of Public History, University of Manchester

• Dr. Aliko Ahmed (he/him) – Regional Director of Public Health, East of England

• Dr. Titi Banjoko (she/her) – Vice-Chair, The Royal African Society

• Dr. Bola Owolabi (she/her) – GP and Director of Health Inequalities, NHS England and Improvement

• Dr. Flavia Senkubuge (she/her) –  President, Colleges of Medicine South Africa (CMSA)

• Nadhim Zahawi (he/him), MP for Stratford-upon-Avon & Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment


Watch the recording on Facebook.


Image credit: Marc A. Hermann / MTA New York City Transit