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  • Reflecting on the inclusivity of the COVID-19 vaccine programme and collaboration with the third sector

    Created: 04/12/2022, Updated: 06/12/2022
    News/Events Category: General News

    Voluntary Health Scotland's Broader Reach and Stronger Voice: Reflecting on the inclusivity of the COVID-19 vaccine programme and collaboration with the third sector report delivers an overwhelmingly clear message from the third sector that we want to be more involved in public health interventions to reduce inequalities. The COVID-19 vaccine programme provided multiple examples of how partnership working can benefit communities and individuals, underlining the value of partnering with representatives from communities and that public health input doesn’t always need to take place on NHS ground.

    Key findings include:

    • The wide range of support provided by organisations can largely be divided into: Supporting the provision of information and enabling people to access the vaccine.
    • Partnership working was very effective in supporting the vaccine rollout and 80% of third sector respondents were interested in collaborating with health boards on future public health interventions to reduce health inequalities.
    • There were calls from third sector and public sector to actively take the vaccine to under-served communities. This was especially pertinent with organisations supporting people experiencing homelessness or issues with alcohol or drug abuse. For example, bringing vaccinations to hostels and community mental health and addiction services.
    • Respondents observed multiple wider benefits for people’s health as a result of the programme, including building trust with services and helping people register people with a GP.

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