Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: Yes
The Director of Public Health submitted a report providing an update on the Leeds Covid-19 Vaccination Programme’s approach towards mitigating inequalities and ensuring that all communities have access to the Covid-19 vaccine through the ‘Leeds Covid-19 Vaccine Health Inequalities Plan’.
With the agreement of the Chair, supplementary information in the form of Appendix 4 to the report had been circulated to Board Members following the despatch of the agenda, in order to provide Members with an update on the main work streams of the Health Inequalities Vaccination Programme, including headline Covid-19 vaccination uptake data for the city.
In introducing the report, the Executive Member highlighted the range of actions being taken with partners and established community networks to increase the vaccination uptake across all communities in Leeds, in order to maximise the benefit of the current vaccination programme with the overriding principle that no one is left behind. As part of the introduction it was noted that 50% of Leeds’ adult population had now received a first Covid vaccination.
Responding to a Member’s specific enquiry, the Board received further detail regarding the progress which had been made to date, and the range of work which continued in encouraging vaccination uptake in BAME communities, with specific reference being made to the older generation. It was noted as part of the discussion that this was an issue affecting other vaccinations and was not unique to the Covid programme. As such, it was highlighted that in addition to the approach being taken to address inequalities in the current Covid vaccination round, the programme of work moving forward would reflect the longer term nature of this issue.
(a) That the contents of the submitted report and appendices, together with the related ambitions, as set out within the report, be noted, together with Members’ comments on such matters;
(b) That it be noted that the Director of Public Health is the senior responsible officer for the Leeds Covid-19 Vaccine Health Inequalities Plan;
(c) That the Board’s continued support be provided in relation to the commitment of all directorates in delivering the Leeds Covid-19 Vaccine Health Inequalities Plan.
Publication date: 23/04/2021
Date of decision: 21/04/2021
Decided at meeting: 21/04/2021 - Executive Board
Effective from: 01/05/2021