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Letters Cultural competence in vaccine rollout

Cultural competence in vaccine rollout: migrants would face difficulties accessing covid-19 vaccines

BMJ 2021; 372 doi: (Published 26 January 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;372:n220
  1. Lauren Z Waterman, specialty trainee year 5 psychiatry
  1. South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, Maudsley Hospital, London SE5 8AZ, UK
  1. laurenzwaterman{at}

Hanif and colleagues highlight the importance of cultural competence in covid-19 vaccine rollout so that ethnic minority communities are not left out.1 Particular attention should be paid to asylum seekers and undocumented migrants. These populations have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, with potentially significant barriers to accessing vaccines.

A rapid evidence review relating to the negative social and psychological impacts of the pandemic, …

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