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Covid-19: Build on success of vaccination programme in reaching ethnic minority groups, report recommends

BMJ 2021; 375 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n3003 (Published 03 December 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;375:n3003

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  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. Kent

Lessons learnt in relation to increasing uptake of the covid-19 vaccine among ethnic minority groups should now be applied to the booster programme, a government progress report recommends.1

This includes continuing to use respected local voices to build trust and to help tackle misinformation, the report from the government’s Race Disparity Unit says. Such approaches should also be carried over to the winter flu and childhood immunisation programmes and be applied to the work to tackle longer standing health disparities.

In June 2020 the minister for equalities was asked to look at why covid-19 was having a disproportionate impact on ethnic minority groups and to consider how the government response to this could be improved. This latest report is the final one …

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