We invite you to join Voluntary Health Scotland at this event exploring the impact of the Covid-19 vaccine programme on health inequalities.
In April 2021, VHS launched its briefing report ‘Vaccine Inclusion – Reducing inequalities one Vaccine at a time’. The report seeks to explore the key barriers and enablers to accessing the COVID-19 vaccine and how the vaccine delivery model can be improved to reduce inequalities and provide holistic support to those who need it the most. The report highlights is the importance of involving third sector and community partners in the planning, communications and delivery of public health interventions that could help prevent, mitigate and reduce health inequalities.
This event will look at the key messages from the report, exploring that our health system has a clear moral and human rights duty to those vulnerable groups who fall through the gaps of public service provision to ensure that they are not failed by this crucially important public health intervention. Some of the key demographics highlighted within the research are at very high risk if they do contract COVID-19, including people who are homeless, prisoners, people living in poverty, people who abuse drugs and alcohol, black and ethnic minority groups, gypsy travellers, refugees and asylum seekers.
If you are a third sector organisation working actively to support people’s health and wellbeing, you can help by attending this event to share your experience and local intelligence. We also welcome attendees working for the NHS, health and social care partnerships and other public sector services.
Claire Stevens, Chief Executive, Voluntary Health Scotland
Lorna Ascroft, Inclusive Vaccination Lead, Directorate for Vaccines Strategy and Policy, Scottish Government
Ian Brooke, Deputy Chief Executive, EVOC
Dr Alice Harpur Health Protection Team, NHS Lothian
Danny Boyle,Parliamentary & Policy Officer, BEMIS
Please contact Lauren Blair if you have any questions.