In order to address the coronavirus pandemic and strengthen public health efforts, the coronavirus vaccine must be safely accessible to everyone, regardless of immigration status, ID or proof of address. 

 

The Government has stated that everyone is able to access the coronavirus vaccine, but in practice, people are being asked for ID, are unable to register with a GP, and are afraid to access services because of longstanding and entrenched barriers to healthcare. 

 

Without further action, the pandemic will continue to have a disproportionate impact on all marginalised groups, including migrant communities, people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness, and BME communities. 

 

We therefore call on the Department of Health and Social Care to ensure the vaccine programme works for everyone, and seeks to address the specific barriers faced by these communities in line with calls from the JCVI. 

 

The Department of Health and Social Care must:

 

  1. Guarantee a firewall that prevents any patient information gathered by the NHS or Test and Trace being used for the purposes of immigration enforcement. 

  2. End all Hostile Environment measures in the NHS, including charging for migrants, to combat the fear and mistrust these policies have created.

  3. Provide specific support to all GP surgeries to register everyone, including undocumented and under-documented migrants and those without secure accommodation, and ensure that all other routes to vaccination are accessible to everyone.

  4. Fund a public information campaign to ensure that communities impacted by the Hostile Environment are aware of their right to access the vaccine and the steps taken above.

378 Organisations have signed the call:

Royal College of Emergency Medicine

Royal College of Midwives

Faculty of Homelessness and Inclusion Health

The Faculty of Public Health

Bristol City Council

Haringey Council

Leicester City Council

Lewisham Council

Newcastle City Council

North Somerset Council

Oxford City Council

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Sheffield City Council

Southwark Council

Beacon House Clinics

Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership

Health and Wellbeing Board of Gateshead Council

Peakedge Primary Care Network Sheffield

Tower Hamlets GP Care Group

Townships Primary Care Network

Medact

Migrants Organise

Asylum Matters

Citizens Advice

Crisis UK

Doctors of the World

Independent Workers Union of Great Britain

Institute of Race Relations

JCWI

Lancet Migration

Liberty

Momentum

National Aids Trust

New Economics Foundation

Refugee Action

Refugee Council

Shelter

The NRPF Network

Trades Union Congress

We Own It

4 in10 London's Child Poverty Network

ASIRT

ATLEU (Anti Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit)

AVID (Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees)

Action Foundation

Asylum Welcome

Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID)

Big Issue North

Birth Companions

Birthrights

Bloody Good Period

Boaz Trust

British HIV Association (BHIVA)

British Islamic Medical Association

CRIBS International

Care4Calais

Choose Love

City of Sanctuary

Coalition of Latin Americans in the UK (CLAUK)

Communist Party of Britain

Connected Voice

Daikon

Defend Our NHS

Deighton Pierce Glynn

Detention Forum

Disabled People Against Cuts

Disabled People Supporting Migrants

Docs Not Cops

Doctors for Choice UK

Doctors in Unite

Donate4Refugees

Ekklesia

English for Action (EFA) London

Every Doctor

Fairhealth

Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX)

Freedom From Torture

Freedom United

Glass Door Homeless Charity

Global Justice Now

Hackney Migrant Centre

Health Campaigns Together

Health Professionals for Global Health

Heart & Parcel

HerStory

Homelessness Vaccination Campaign

Human Health Aid Burundi

Humans for Rights Network

Indian Workers' Association of Great Britain

Indoamerican Refugee Migrant Organisation

International Child Health Group

International Observatory Of Human Rights

Island Network

Just Fair

Just Treatment

Kalayaan

Kanlungan Filipino Consortium

Keep Our NHS Public

LGBTIQA+ Greens

Last Rights

Latin American Women's Rights Service

Learn for Life Enterprise

Lesbians & Gays Support the Migrants

London Network of Nurses and Midwives

Love to Learn

Maternity Action

Migrants In Culture

Migrants' Rights Network

Muslim Doctors Association

Muslim Professionals Forum

M�decins Sans Fronti�res UK Take Action Group

NACCOM

NHS Staff Voices

Nanny Solidarity Network

Nurses United UK

PHM UK

Pathway

People & Planet

Polish Migrants Organise for Change (POMOC)

Positive Action For Refugees and Asylum Seekers (PAFRAS)

Positive Action in Housing

Privacy International

Queens Nursing Institute

RAPAR (Refugee and Asylum Participatory Action Research)

Race & Health

Red Letter Christians UK

Refugee Women Connect

Regularise

Ren� Cassin

Right to Remain

Room to Heal

STAR - Student Action for Refugees

STOPAIDS

Socialist Health Association London

Southall Black Sisters

Spark and Co.

The Helen Bamber Foundation

The Jewish Council for Racial Equality (JCORE)

The Monitoring Group

The Voice of Domestic Workers

Thousand 4 1000

Trust For London

UK Community Advisory Board (UK-CAB) on HIV

UK Must Act

UKLGIG

Ubele

Unis Resist Border Controls (URBC)

Welsh Refugee Council

Women Asylum Seekers Together (WAST)

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom

Women's Strike Assembly

Young Roots

Youth for Refugees

Zero Covid Campaign

the3million

Action Together

Angelou Centre

Asylum Link Merseyside

Avon Fire Brigades Union

BRIL (Bristol Reclaiming Independent Living)

Barnet Refugee Service

Bent Bars Project

Best Foot Music

Black Country Stand Up To Racism

Body & Soul

Brighton & Hove Housing Coalition

Bristol City of Sanctuary

Bristol Defend the Asylum Seekers Campaign

Bristol National Education Union

Bristol Project Mama

Bristol Protect Our NHS

Bristol Reclaiming Independent Living (BRIL)

Bristol Refugee Festival

Bristol Refugee Rights

Bristol Student Action for Refugees

CWU Bristol & District BAME Committee

Cambridge Welcome

Cannock Chase Stand Up To Racism

Caring In Bristol

Caring and Sharing Rochdale

Caritas Diocese of Middlesbrough

Caritas Shrewsbury

Central Asylum Yorkshire

Chorlton Central Church

Citizens Advice Staffordshire North & Stoke-on-Trent

City of Sanctuary - Birmingham

City of Sanctuary Sheffield

CivicLeicester

Coastal West Sussex Keep Our NHS Public

County of Sanctuary Pembrokeshire

Coventry Against Racism

Coventry Asylum and Refugee Action Group

De Butterflies CIC

Deep End Scotland

Deep End Yorkshire & Humber

Defend Our NHS Wirral

Displaced People In Action

Doncaster Conversation Club

Ealing Save Our NHS

Ealing Trades Union Council

East London Unite Community

Easton Jamia Mosque

End Deportations Belfast

Ethnic Minorities & Youth Support Team Wales

Fairfield High School

Faiths Together in Lambeth

Fireclay Health

Friends of the Drop In for Asylum Seekers and Refugees (FODI)

Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group

George House Trust

German Speaking Lutheran Church in South and West Wales

German Speaking Lutheran Church in South and West Wales

Gipsy Hill Labour Party

Global Work at Christian Medical Fellowship

Good Chance Theatre

Govan Community Project

Grassroots Black Left

Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit

Greater Manchester Keep Our NHS Public

Greater Manchester Law Centre

Growing Together Levenshulme

HOST Nottingham

Hackney & Islington Unite the Community Branch

Hackney Healthwatch

Hackney Keep Our NHS Public

Hackney Patients Not Passports

Harbour Project

Haringey Migrant Support Centre

Haringey Welcome

Hastings & Rye Constituency Labour Party BAME Branch

Hastings Community of Sanctuary

Holistic Wellbeing

Hwupenyu Health and Wellbeing

Island Bwo

Katherine Low Settlement

Keep Our NHS Public Merseyside

Keep Our NHS Public North East

Keep Our NHS Public Sunderland and District

Keep Our NHS Public, Southwark

Kent Kindness

KoniMusic

Lambeth Healthwatch

Lambeth NEU

Lambeth North Deanery (C of E)

Leeds Asylum Seekers' Support Network

Leeds No Borders

Leicester City of Sanctuary

Lewes Organisation in Support of Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Lewes Organisation in Support of Refugees and Asylum Seekers (LOSRAS)

Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network

Liberal Democrats for Seekers of Sanctuary

Liverpool Against The Cuts

Liverpool Migrant Solidarity Campaign

Liverpool Riverside Labour Party

Liverpool TUC

London Young Greens

Macc

Manchester City of Sanctuary

Manchester Refugee Support Network

Manchester TUC Pensioners

Manchester Trade Union Council

Manchester Unison Mental Health Branch

Manchester and Warrington Peace Promotion Group, Society of Friends (Quakers)

Manchester and Warrington Social Justice Group - Society of Friends (Quakers)

Manuel Bravo Project

Medact Dorset

Medact East Midlands

Medact Manchester

Medact Oxford

Medact Sheffield

Merseyside Anti Fascist Network

Merseyside Pensioners Association

Merseyside Solidarity Knows No Borders

Methodist Asylum Project (MAP) Middlesbrough

Migrant English Project

My Foster Family

Newham Antiraids

Nick Harborne

Nilaari Agency

Noor Ul Islam

North East London Save Our NHS (NELSON)

North Staffordshire Campaign Against Racism & Fascism

North West Regional Pensioners' Association

North of England Refugee Service

Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum

Notts Keep Our NHS Public

Notts Stand Up to Racism

Oxford Mutual Aid

Patients Not Passports Birmingham

RAY (Refugee Action York)

RC Diocese of Middlesbrough

Refugee & Migrant Forum of Essex and London (RAMFEL)

Refugee Action - Colchester

Refugee Action Colchester

Refugee Resource

Refugee Support Society

Refugee Youth Service

Refugees & Asylum Seekers Project (RASPs)

Rochdale Action on Destitution with Asylum Seekers and

SOAS Detainee Support (SDS)

STARCH (South Tyneside Asylum Seekers and Refugee Church Help)

Salford CVS

Salford UNISON Branch, Black Members Committee

Salford Unison Branch

Sanctuary on Sea, The Brighton & Hove City of Sanctury Group

Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign

Save Liverpool Women's Hospital Campaign

Save the NHS Campaign

Sheffield Flourish

Sheffield Green Party

Sisters Uncut Leeds

Skipton Refugee Support Group

Socialist Health Association Liverpool City Region

Solidarity Knows No Borders - Merseyside

Somali Adult Social Care Agency

South Lakeland and Lancaster District Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

South London Refugee Association

South London Stand up to Racism

South Normanton Methodist Church

South West TUC

South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group (SYMAAG)

Southall Community Alliance

Southampton Action

Southwark Borough of Sanctuary

Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers

St Barnabas Church

St. Augustine's Centre

Stafford Campaign Against Racism and Fascism

Steve Owen

Stockport Alliance for Equality (SAFE)

Stockport NHSWatch

Stockport Stand Up to Racism (SSUTR)

Stockport Trades Union Council

Stockport United Against Austerity

Stockton Baptist Church

Stories & Supper

Student Action for Refugees Sheffield

Student Action for our NHS Sheffield

Students for Global Health Swansea

Sussex Defend The NHS

Sussex Interpreting Services

Swansea Gambia Link

Swansea University GP Society

Tees Valley of Sanctuary

Tees Valley of Sanctuary

The Arch, Homelessness GP surgery

The Bradford Foundation Trust

The Bristol Council of Mosques

The City and Hackney Older People's Reference Group

The Corner Surgery

The Mary Thompson Fund

The Refugee Buddy Project: Hastings, Rother & Wealden

The Royal College of Midwives North Bristol Branch

The Syrian Charities and Associations Network of the UK (SCAN UK)

The Wallich

The Women's Development Trust

Tower Hamlets CEPN (Community Education Provider Network)

Trafford Metropolitan Unison Branch

Ubuntu Women Shelter

Unite Community Lambeth and Southwark

Unite Community Sussex Coast Branch

University of Northampton branch of University College Union

Vauxhall Constituency Labour Party

Voice for the Voiceless Immigration Detainees Yorkshire (VVIDY)

Voices in Exile

Waltham Forest Citizens

Waltham Forest Council of Mosques

Waltham Forest Migrant Action

Waltham Forest NEU

Waltham Forest Save Our NHS

Waltham Forest Trades Council

Waltham Forrest Stand Up To Racism

Wandsworth Stand Up To Racism

West End Refugee Service

West London Welcome

West of England Centre for Inclusive Living

Writing on the Wall

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