Minority communities have struggled to get fair health treatment for too long. The vaccine programme shows the way Left Foot Forward

The use of community assets – like religious venues and community centres – to deliver key health services, including primary, preventative healthcare could be transformational. This is a once in a generation opportunity to begin correcting previous wrongs, and move to alleviating existing health inequalities identified in the Marmot review, and exploited by Covid-19.

The Covid-19 Marmot review on health inequalities found that ethnic minority groups experienced higher rates of mortality from Covid-19 than white ones – partly the result of “longstanding impacts of discrimination and exclusion associated with systemic racism.” It added: “There is also evidence that the BAME workforce in highly exposed occupations are not being sufficiently protected with PPE and safety measures,” as a Runnymede Trust study last year found.

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