Weekly Migrant Info Hub update 11th -17th September 2021

Leeds City Council’s Communications department are currently setting up a Winter Response group, which will co-ordinate communications on Covid-19 and various other interlinked issues around Winter and health.

To ensure the Communities toolkit remains relevant, they would like volunteers to complete this 5-minute survey to highlight your needs and indicate how you’re using/have used the toolkit:

The latest iteration of the toolkit includes:

  • Two new government items (Vaccines Toolkit by the Cabinet Office and Back to Schools/Colleges guidance by the Dept of Education)
  • Links to social media artwork displaying vaccination locations for 16-17 year olds

Updated Translated Resources

  1. Translated: How to stop the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) – updated

Gov.UK have updated their guidance on how everyone can help stop the spread of coronavirus in line with the latest Step 4 guidance and the government’s plan for Autumn/Winter 2021.

Also available in: Arabic, Bengali, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Polish, Punjabi (Indian), Punjabi (Pakistani), Slovak, Somali, Urdu and Welsh.

2. Translated: Guidance on protecting medically extremely vulnerable people (updated)

New guidance for people in England who have been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable from coronavirus (COVID-19).

This updated guidance is now available in: Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, Gujarati, Hindi, Nepali, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi and Urdu.

New Information Resources

  1. Barriers to Wellbeing – report into unmet healthcare in migrant communities

The University of Birmingham has published a report into Doctors Of The World’s casework, proving significant unmet healthcare needs and an evident digital divide in migrant patients during the first wave of the pandemic.

 Key findings from the report

  • The average number of consultations per month dropped drastically from approximately 170 before the pandemic to 50 during the pandemic
  • Service users were much more likely to find themselves in inadequate housing
  • Significant barriers to GP registration remained
  • Percentage of undocumented service users decreased, while the percentage of asylum seekers increased.
  • There was a significant increase in service users reporting ‘bad’ or ‘very bad’ health

2. Covid-19: easy read vaccine resources for young people with learning disabilities

Gov.UK have produced an easy read guide for children and young people (aged 12-15) with learning disabilities, explaining what they can expect when they receive their Covid-19 vaccination. Additionally, a Coronavirus vaccine consent form for young people is available.

3. Covid-19 vaccination: resources for children and young people

The UK government has published guidance on Covid-19 vaccination for eligible children and young people aged 12 – 17.

4. A guide to Covid-19 booster vaccinations

Following the news that people aged 50 years and over, health and social care workers and younger people at risk are being offered a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine this autumn, the UK government have published a guide to booster vaccinations.


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