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.

372 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

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

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

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