The COVID-19 vaccine offers a path out of the national lockdowns we have been living with for the past year. The current vaccine rollout is based on age and underlying medical conditions. The speed of rollout has been impressive and the uptake high, but we need to ensure that those who are also at known higher risk by virtue of socio-economic deprivation or ethnicity do not get ‘missed’. More proactive approaches will be needed to increase vaccine confidence and uptake in these groups. Failure to do so risks a resurgence in Covid cases in our most deprived areas as lockdown eases. On Wednesday 10 March 2021, the Deep End GP group hosted a virtual round table meeting regarding ongoing national COVID-19 vaccine deployment. In attendance were key stakeholders from Scottish Government, Public Health Scotland, several NHS Health Boards, and the voluntary sector, as well as members of the Deep End GP Steering Group. The key themes from the discussion related to: 1) data collection, 2) adapting delivery models, and 3) adapting communications material.
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Blane, D., McMahon, A., Lunan, C., Montgomery, J. & Richardson, H. 2021, GPs at the Deep End Report 37: COVID-19 vaccine deployment for marginalised groups in Scotland, Deep End Report 37 – COVID19 Vaccine Deployment for Marginalised Groups in Scotland. Available at: http://eprints.gla.ac.uk/240253/