ELFT Westfield Vaccination Centre Vaccinators Blessing Onwudinjor (left) Mahima Begin (right) and Muktar Osmanabdullahi (centre) are all dedicated social media TikTok creators and are using their savvy social media talent to help promote the COVID-19 vaccination amongst young people. So far they have created some really eye-catching and engaging Tik Tok material and are fast building up an online profile. Here they answer some questions about their lives as social media influencers!
Follow the ELFT Vaccination Centre Tik Tok account here.
What made you set up the dedicated ELFT Vaccine Tik Tok account?
From working at the Westfield Vaccination Centre and speaking to other colleagues, we wanted to help encourage a wider engagement of the vaccine within the younger population. We felt like Tick Tok was a great opportunity to reach out to our target demographic on a platform that is familiar to them.
The videos you have created so far really capture the Tik Tok style well! Have any of you had much practice elsewhere? Have you got your own Tik Tok accounts, and if so, what kind of things do you post?
Two of us have Tick Tok accounts that we regularly post on. Tick Tok is full of good vibes, so we like to share our fun experiences in a creative and entertaining way.
Why do you think it is so important that young people get vaccinated?
Although young people are less likely to get seriously sick from COVID-19, it's very important for them to get their vaccinations because of the social lifestyle they lead. This will help reduce the rate of transmission.
And now young people aged 16 and 17 can get vaccinated as well - they don't need to book they can just walk right on in! Are you seeing much take-up of this age group yet at the Westfield Vaccination Centre?
There have been a few eager 16–17-year-olds, which has been great! However, there is still a long way to go. we are hopeful that as our messages get out there, we will see a spike in engagement.
What's it like working at the Centre? It seems like there are quite a few young people working there.
It is honestly amazing. Firstly, the satisfaction of doing something positive is highly motivating. Working with so many young people creates a lively atmosphere, and it is great to see so many young people from different backgrounds coming together to support their local community.
Working at a vaccination centre comes with great responsibility. The management team run a safe and efficient centre and are amazing at supporting staff to maintain a high standard of service for patients.
Are any of you thinking about a career in health when this is all over?
This experience has made us aware of some great opportunities available within the NHS and working as part of a team on such an important project that is helping to save lives. A lot of the young staff are excited to continue working in the NHS and pursue a career.
Covid-19 vaccines for anyone aged 16 and over
People aged 16-17 can now get a COVID-19 vaccine to protect yourself and those around you from COVID-19. You can book your vaccine now on the national booking system, call 119 or simply walk in to any of the vaccination sites (not pharmacies) listed on here.
Even more sites across north east London with start giving jabs to 16-17 year olds soon.
You do not need to come with a parent/guardian, but please bring proof of age.