Vaccines for rough sleepers

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 13th September 2021.

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Photo of Unmesh Desai Unmesh Desai Labour

Volunteers across my constituency are reaching out to rough sleepers, encouraging them to get their vaccinations. What can you do from City Hall to support this important work?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Volunteers have played a crucial role in the pandemic response in London, including supporting those experiencing homelessness. I am working closely with NHS, Local Authority and voluntary sector colleagues as well as peer advocates through the homelessness charity Groundswell to encourage all those who are rough sleeping or otherwise vulnerable in emergency accommodation to take up the COVID vaccination offer. This includes using our expertise and systems to help identify groups with low uptake who need extra attention, taking advantage of existing 'touch points' in our services to promote vaccination offers, and coordinating activity with partners to improve the consistency of offer for this group. Input from those with lived experience has been key in producing media and information campaigns, and as peer advocates encouraging and supporting those experiencing homelessness to attend appointments.