Miss England Dr Bhasha Mukherjee endorses Covid-19 vaccine safety

Miss England Dr Bhasha Mukherjee endorses Covid-19 vaccine safety

Miss England and frontline National Health Service (NHS) doctor Bhasha Mukherjee received her first of two Covid-19 jabs and endorsed the safety of the vaccines being rolled out among those most at risk from coronavirus.

The 25-year-old British Indian beauty queen and medical professional has been working on the Covid frontlines at Pilgrim Hospital in Lincolnshire and Royal Derby Hospital in eastern England ever since she flew back from a humanitarian tour of India at the peak of the pandemic in April 2020. As a healthcare ambassador for the community, the junior doctor has been active in spreading safety messages among ethnic minority groups which have been acknowledged as being at a higher risk from the deadly virus.

She said: “It's good to know I'm protected and I'm sure my colleagues feel the same. I'm thankful as being BAME [black, Asian, minority ethnic], I'm in a high-risk group. I feel so grateful to be in the position to have received the vaccine when millions are in the waiting line across the globe.

“My prayers are with everyone who's waiting patiently at home, including my own family members who I hope will get their vaccines soon too."

No adverse effects

“After a few hours, I even did a Zoom home workout and press ups, all to celebrate,” Dr Mukherjee proudly declared.

Under the NHS accelerated vaccination programme, the Pfizer/BioNTech and AstraZeneca vaccines to immunise against Covid-19 are being administered to the priority groups of over-70s, care home residents and staff and NHS workers at the frontline of combatting Covid-19.

“My colleagues and I found out just days before that we would be receiving it this week. I was so excited and nervous I was jumping on my seat before I got jabbed. The nurse giving me my injection told me to sit still or the photo would come blurry,” said Mukherjee, the longest-serving Miss England after she was crowned in 2019.

Besides working on the NHS frontline, she has been carrying on with her Miss England pageant-related duties virtually and has also become an ambassador for the eco-friendly feminine hygiene brand Plastfree Pads.

Solid and safe

Dr Mukherjee’s efforts to spread awareness around the safety of Covid-19 vaccines follows reports of reluctance among the UK’s ethnic minority communities in taking up the jabs.

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel had reiterated the government’s message around their efficacy during a Downing Street briefing recently.

The Cabinet minister said: “I want to take this moment and opportunity to counter some of the disinformation about the vaccine, especially any messages targeted at an ethnic minority background.

"This vaccine is safe for us all. It is safe for you and your family. It is our best chance of beating this virus. So I urge everyone across our wonderfully diverse country when the time comes to keep everyone safe."

The latest data shows that the NHS has been vaccinating people at the rate of 200 jabs per minute and over 5.8 million people have been vaccinated across the UK since the programme rollout began last month.

*Info: More from Dr Bhasha Mukherjee can be found in the Health section of the Miss England App

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