When the national COVID-19 vaccination programme began in December 2020, it was understood that everyone should have equal access to the vaccine, as appropriate to their need, and as prioritised by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation. Within a few weeks however, there were early indications that there were differences in uptake amongst different population groups and in different parts of the country.
As a result of these differences, many local examples of initiatives to increase vaccine uptake began to emerge. The Health Inequalities Improvement Team in partnership with the Vaccine Equalities Team at NHS England and Improvement commissioned the Strategy Unit to collect and collate some of these examples in a structured way.
The examples collected focused on four target groups: place of residence, ethnicity, faith communities and health status and could be grouped as two main types of intervention: information and outreach. This resource outlines 50 different case studies.