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There is currently very little scientific data on the participation of Afro-Caribbean people in the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Britain, especially people already suffering from other medical conditions (e.g. diabetes, obesity, heart disease).

A recent study conducted by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Public Health England, suggests Afro-Caribbean people and other ethnic minority groups are almost three times more likely to reject a COVID-19 vaccine than White people.

Also, a recent BBC article has raised concerns that people from ethnic minority groups are less likely to accept a COVID-19 vaccine.

This is very worrying given that Afro-Caribbeans have been more badly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thus, there is an urgent need to fund research that helps identify ways to motivate more Afro-Caribbean people to get vaccinated, especially people with diabetes and other chronic conditions.

We rely heavily on people’s donations.

With your donation we can provide funding to various research groups and organisations across the UK, to help understand and improve participation of medically vulnerable Afro-Caribbean people in the ongoing COVID testing and vaccination campaigns in Britain.

Why donate?

1. There are currently very few UK funding organisations prioritising research on COVID vaccination acceptance specifically in the Afro-Caribbean community.

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2. Research in this area will help identify how best to persuade more Afro-Caribbean people to accept the COVID vaccine. This will help save lives, especially amongst people with long-term illnesses that increase the risk of severe COVID (e.g. diabetes).

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3. It is extremely important that research rather than cultural assumptions guide the UK governments COVID vaccination programmes, to ensure that Afro-Caribbean people are more willing to participate.

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Who we fund

We will primarily be funding multidisciplinary research conducted by scientists, medical and public health professionals from established research organisations (e.g. universities). We do not fund individuals. Read more here

Below are some examples of the types of research projects we would like to fund.


How do ethnic differences affect diabetes patients’ motivation to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?


To what extent are Afro-Caribbean people with diabetes aware of UK government guidelines regarding the COVID-19 vaccination rollout?


What factors motivated Afro-Caribbean diabetes patients to participate in the COVID vaccination rollout?


What are the main barriers that prevent Afro-Caribbean diabetes patients from accepting the COVID-19 vaccine?

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Lebe Trust is a registered charity (CIO) in England and Wales (1190779). A charitable incorporated organisation. A member of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCV0 member ID: MEMBER/26810). Merseyside Liverpool.

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