DHSC publishes plan to increase COVID-19 vaccination uptake

DHSC publishes plan to increase COVID-19 vaccination uptake

February 15, 2021

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has published a plan to ensure as many people as possible get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Whilst over 15 million people have been vaccinated, with a 93% uptake in the over-75s, the COVID-19 vaccine uptake plan describes how Ministers and officials will make sure every eligible person in the top priority groups is reached and encouraged to get the vaccination. The aim is to remove barriers to access and provide more information to help initiate conversations and encourage engagement.

The plan highlights work being done at a local and national level to reach those who may struggle to access the vaccine or be more hesitant to get it. This includes translating information into other languages, working with community groups to reach specific audiences, providing resources tailored to those living with severe mental illness or learning disabilities and autism, and support for pre-existing local initiatives.

PSNC believes that many thousands of community pharmacies could support the COVID-19 vaccination programme, and would be particularly helpful in targeting those who don’t access other healthcare providers.

UK COVID-19 vaccine uptake plan

PSNC Chief Executive Simon Dukes commented:

“The NHS has pulled off a phenomenal achievement in vaccinating more than 15 million people against the coronavirus since December. However, there is still some way to go and the nationwide drive to reach as many people in the priority groups as possible is welcomed.

Currently two hundred NHS community pharmacies are coordinating COVID-19 vaccination sites, they are all in areas where they are best placed to reach groups at higher risk of mortality from COVID-19.

PSNC wants every pharmacy which wants to do its national duty to be able to give vaccinations. We are working with NHS England and NHS Improvement on a plan for this, and hopefully this will be rolled out as soon as possible to get NHS community pharmacies playing their part in this huge vaccination effort.”


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