He penned the letter, he mentioned, as a result of there was a “disproportionate quantity of black individuals and brown individuals dying” throughout the pandemic which “we need to cease”.
The TV star and Comedian Reduction co-founder, 62, has enlisted assist from different high-profile figures, together with actors Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton, radio persona Trevor Nelson, musician KSI and writer Malorie Blackman, as signatories.
Vaccination charges amongst black British ethnic teams are significantly decrease than amongst white Britons.
The letter, which is backed by the NHS, has additionally been became a brief movie directed by Amma Asante.
Sir Lenny mentioned: “Everyone signed it as a result of all of us imagine that this a time for us to be taking care of our family members and there is been a disproportionate quantity of black individuals and brown individuals dying within the pandemic and we need to cease that.
“And we predict the misinformation in regards to the science and the experience of the people who know that stuff, the misinformation that’s being perpetuated is improper, and we thought there should be one thing we are able to do to counter it and this was the large thought.”
The letter, addressed to “mums, dads, grandparents, uncles, aunties, brothers, sisters, nephew, nieces, daughters, sons and cousins”, says that the “actuality is the brand new regular could imply needing a vaccine to do most of the issues we now take with no consideration”.
It provides: “You’ve gotten professional worries and considerations, we hear that. We all know change must occur and that it is onerous to belief some establishments and authorities.
“However we’re asking you to belief the info in regards to the vaccine from our personal professors, medical doctors, scientists concerned within the vaccine’s improvement, GPs, not simply within the UK however the world over, together with the Caribbean and Africa.”
Requested why there was warning within the black group about having the vaccine, Sir Lenny mentioned: “I feel there’s a component of distrust when it comes to the system, sure establishments and authorities have not performed, have not significantly performed proper by the black group up to now and why ought to they do one thing for us now? Why are they doing us all an enormous favour?
“Effectively the factor is, you’ll be able to belief the science, you’ll be able to belief the consultants, and I’d say distrust stuff you learn when it comes to simply individuals on-line venting.
“Discuss to your GP, speak to a science skilled, do not speak to somebody down the pub.”
Round 4 in 10 individuals in England aged 70 and over figuring out as black African are unlikely to have obtained at the very least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine, in accordance with the most recent figures from the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics (ONS).
Vaccination charges for this ethnic group as of March 11 had been estimated to be 58.8 per cent, the bottom amongst all ethnic minority teams, whereas for individuals figuring out as black Caribbean the estimated charge is 68.7 per cent.
For individuals figuring out as white British the estimated charge is 91.3 per cent.
Making an allowance for elements comparable to age, intercourse and underlying well being situations, the percentages of not having obtained a dose of the vaccine had been 5.5 instances larger for individuals from black African backgrounds and 4 instances larger for individuals from black Caribbean backgrounds in contrast with individuals of white British ethnicity, the ONS added.
Requested if the Authorities had performed sufficient to construct up the belief of the black group, Sir Lenny mentioned: “It is actually humorous that individuals are being accused of hesitancy when one of many issues that received us so deeply into that is the hesitancy of Authorities to lock down earlier, to become involved and say we’ll have a lockdown now.
“They waited and that is why we’re on this horrible scenario, so it is a bit ironic to accuse the black group of hesitating. What I do assume is, there are mitigating circumstances to the belief and the dearth of take-up and people issues should be mended earlier than individuals can transfer ahead and we’re doing our bit to do this and maybe the Authorities must do the identical too.
“My factor is, we’re all on this collectively. Black, white, Asian, no matter, we’re all in it collectively. All of us need our households and our family members to outlive. We respect and care about and assist our key staff and what we are able to do to assist everyone seems to be to take the jab in order that this contagion does not unfold.
“We need to be within the fields, we need to go to festivals, we need to go to the theatre, we need to see exhibits, we need to stroll right into a restaurant and say, ‘Have you ever received any seats?’. We need to do this stuff once more, so come on, take the jab. Simply do it”.
The movie can be aired throughout Sky, BT Sport, Viacom, Discovery, A&E and ROK and Channel 5 on Tuesday from 8pm.