WEC criticises government for failing BAME and young women during coronavirus (COVID-19)

WEC criticises government for failing BAME and young women during coronavirus (COVID-19)

LNB News 29/03/2021 15

The Women and Equalities Committee (WEC) has published a letter criticising the government for failing BAME communities and young women in vaccine take-up during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. According to the WEC, the wait and see approach taken by the government on the possible impacts on fertility concerns among young women was unacceptable. The letter also stated that the issues with the rollout of vaccines in BAME communities were predictable and risked pre-existing health inequalities. The WEC questioned community leaders and medical experts on the take-up of coronavirus vaccines in BAME communities and women on 4 March 2021, and questioned ministers on the government’s approach to the vaccination of the BAME communities on 9 March 2021.

 

The Committee is calling on the government to:

• publish data on the vaccine rollout at local authority level

• gather and publish data on vaccination by sex, age, faith and ethnicity

• gather and assess vaccine refusal data

• recognise the need to create mainstream content individualised to different BAME communities

• develop targeted interventions to ensure young women take up the offer of a vaccine

Speaking about the letter, Women and Equalities Committee Chair, Caroline Nokes, said: ‘The reasons for disparities in vaccine uptake are complex. Some of the groups with lower uptake rates are also among those who are at greater risk from covid, which is especially worrying. The Government must improve its understanding of why this is happening – and then take action to support more equal uptake. The problem must be solved urgently, or there is a real risk that existing health inequalities will be further exacerbated.’

The 4 March 2021 session can be found here.

The 9 March 2021 session can be found here.

Further information on the Committees letter can be found here.

The inquiry into the take up of vaccines can be found here.

Source: Government failing BAME communities and young women on vaccine take-up

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