Wear your badge with pride : V-Star badge aims to tackle low vaccine uptake in community

As the Covid-19 deaths surpass the grim milestone of 100,000 (one of the highest in the world by population density) the success of the vaccination programme in the UK becomes imperative. Over 9 million UK residents have now received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

However, scaremongering, misinformation and fake news is unhelpful and could be contributing to vaccine hesitance. Uptake of the vaccine in BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) communities is a cause for concern, particularly as BAME patients have a high mortality rate when infected with Covid-19. It’s important everyone who can have the vaccine, from all communities, does have the vaccine.  This needs to happen in order to enable us to return to normal as soon as possible.

The Vaccine Star (V-Star) badge is designed to show your support for the vaccination programme, and anyone can wear it, whether they have been vaccinated or not. It is a high quality British made 3cm blue enamelled star set in gold metal with a butterfly clasp.  The V-Star badge was created by two mums, Sarah and Lisa, working from home during lockdown.  They wanted to do something o to support the vaccination effort.  The badges can be purchased for £3 including postage from https://www.v-star.co.uk/ (UK shipping only).

All profits will go to NHS charities, which deliver help where it’s really needed directly to NHS frontline staff, as well as local charities. Help us to get help to our Heroes where and when it’s really needed! NHS Charities Together is a collective experience representing, supporting and championing the work of the NHS’ official charities. NHS Charities Together give £1million a day to the NHS, providing vital funds to help the NHS do more.  Some of the ways they support staff wellbeing include providing break packs with sandwiches, drinks, hand creams and lip balms, and setting up peaceful rest rooms for staff to enjoy when they can.

Hopeful that our NHS heroes don’t burn out completely before we need them for other medical emergencies? Give them hope that we are behind them, take up the vaccine, wear your badge with pride to show your support.

It’s tough being out there on the front line and more than anyone, they need to see there is an end in sight. It’s a slap in the face to our frontline workers when a solution is offered, but not taken up.

The sooner that those eligible and able to take up the vaccine, the sooner we can start to return to normality.

If some choose not to receive the vaccine due to misinformation, hearsay and fear, the longer it will take for us to reduce Covid-19 to a manageable level.  Those who can’t have the vaccine due to health reasons are relying on the rest of us. 

Show your support, become a Vaccine Star and wear your V-Star badge with pride!

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Covid-19 vaccines offer a “way out” of the pandemic, “but we cannot let up now”. 

The vaccination programme is on track to deliver a first dose to 15 million of the most vulnerable by mid-February and to offer all adults their first dose by autumn. 

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