WATCH: Sir Lenny Henry Stars in Short Film Encouraging Black Britons to Take up Coronavirus Vaccine
Sir Lenny Henry stars in a new short film encouraging Black Britons to take up the Coronavirus vaccine.
Directed by Amma Asante (The Handmaid's Tale, A United Kingdom), the four-minute film also features actors David Harewood, Adrian Lester, and Bridgerton's Adjoa Andoh, also known for her role as Martha's mother Francine Jones in Doctor Who.
Henry has also written an open letter encouraging Black Britons to get vaccinated, which has been signed by a range of high-profile figures including Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and author Malorie Blackman.
Though more than 30 million Brits have now received their first Coronavirus vaccine, take-up is disproportionately low among Black or Black British adults. According to the ONS (Office for National Statistics), only 49 percent of Black or Black British adults polled in January and February said they were likely to have the vaccine.
"I felt it was important to do my bit and so I wrote this letter to Black Britain asking people not to get left behind, to not continue to be disproportionately impacted and to trust the facts from our doctors, professors and scientists, not just in the U.K. but across the world, including the Caribbean and Africa," Henry said in a statement.
"I hear and understand the concerns which people of all backgrounds are wrestling with, but which are particularly concerning in Black communities. I want people to be safe, I don’t want people to die or end up in hospital because of Covid-19. So I’m saying, when your turn comes, take the jab."
Director Asante added: "Creating something for the community I come from was important to me, particularly on a health issue that is as life and death as coronavirus. I wanted to make a film that acknowledges the concerns of Black people while sharpening the lens on why the vaccine is so important, and why we deserve to have our lives and the lives of our loved ones protected."
You can watch the short film below.