The report, ‘Health Inequalities, the Covid Vaccination & Community-Centred Approaches’, was produced following a Roundtable event chaired by Clenton Farquharson MBE and attended by 50 people from a wide range of healthcare and lived experience backgrounds.
It is hoped that the insight gathered will improve understanding within the NHS, Department of Health and Social Care and Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government of how best to influence vaccine take-up.
The report unpacks some of the most pervasive issues leading to low vaccine take-up in certain groups across the UK and, importantly, highlights ways to overcome the most prevalent barriers to health equality. They can broadly be summarised as:
- More robust, granular data, better collated holistically, and applied to the particular circumstances of minority groups can improve understanding of the actual situation on the ground and of what works best;
- Targeted local approaches actively supported by the NHS, could overcome the barriers and could improve our understanding of differing needs and of the complexity of the wider, social determinants of health inequality; and
- Effective community engagement and empowerment to overcome mistrust and foster greater co-production of local solutions which can be more effective than top-down national approaches, that do not recognise past history which has entrenched mistrust for some.