Covid-19 Vaccination Uptake

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 24th May 2022.

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Photo of Tony Devenish Tony Devenish Conservative

Why have you and London Health Partners been unable to reach nearly fifty percent of some of the most deprived communities in London for Covid-19 vaccinations?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

I am aware that there is a lot of dangerous misinformation about vaccines and that there are concerns among some people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, which can lead to vaccine hesitancy.

During the first two waves of the pandemic, Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities were disproportionately affected by Covid-19, so I fully understand their concerns. However, vaccines have been a game-changer in our fight against the virus and I continue to encourage all Londoners to get their first, second and booster Covid jab.

Through events like the recent Eid in the Square celebration, as well as through targeted media campaigns, social media and a wide network of community champions, I am working closely with local authorities, UKHSA, OHID, NHS London and community organisations to help reach Londoners, answer their questions and make the vaccine as accessible as possible.

We have made great strides throughout the pandemic to engage with London’s diverse communities, and despite lower levels of vaccine uptake we’re continuing to see people come forward for their vaccine every day. Our work continues.