Covid-19 - Tackling disadvantaged communities in Wycombe
Posted by Red Kite Community Housing, on 11 Aug 2021
The media spotlight has fallen on Wycombe this week, but not for the right reasons. The Guardian newspaper reported last Sunday that 1 in 7 households in Wycombe went hungry during the lockdown last year, despite being in one of the most affluent areas of the country. We have been working with local food charities for a number of years and especially during the 1st lockdown in 2020, so this resonates with what we have experienced.
This also corresponds to the figures released on Sunday 8th August by the Government showing certain areas of Wycombe have a low take up of coronavirus vaccines, which is shocking bearing in mind that the area has been particularly affected by the virus. Nationally, approximately 75% of the adult population has now had their 2nd vaccine, this drops to around 68.7% overall in the Wycombe area, with pockets that are around 45%. The lowest vaccine rate appears to be in the most deprived areas of Wycombe, which provides a health injustice that may have long term consequences.
This means that if you were to meet five adults in these areas it is more likely than not that three of them would not be double vaccinated - and two might not have had any jab at all!
We know that approximately 8% of new infections result in hospitalisation and that a larger number, both young and old end up with long covid, some with long term disabilities as a result of catching this virus. Equally as concerning is the likely social impact on people in these areas who remain unvaccinated, as society slowly moves towards the use of vaccine passports, for access to events, social venues, travelling and even some places of work.
As a community organisation, the alarm bells are ringing! We don’t want to see more disadvantage, be it access to employment, food security, health, wellbeing or access to society in general being affected by this pandemic. We will work with other partners and community leaders to try and address this growing dilemma, and we will support local residents in getting access to fact checked information, vaccination centres and drop in events.
We are currently working with Buckinghamshire Council to arrange for the ‘Health on the Move’ vaccination bus to come to the areas we know have a low take up and transport might be an issue to people accessing it. We’ll share dates and times as soon as we have them, so please keep an eye on our social media channels.
We must work together to stop this becoming a problem that will last for years after the pandemic has passed us by.
What you can do to help stop this situation
- If you have difficulties securing the food that you need for your family please contact our Sustainability Team
- If you have not had your two doses of vaccine, please step forward and come along to one of the drop-in vaccine centres around the area
- If you want to be ready for demonstrating that you are vaccinated to help you attend events, and travel in the future, please download the special NHS App, which is different to the NHS Covid-19 test and trace one
- If you want to find out more information about the vaccines, please use this link to our myth busting guide.
Let's help end this pandemic, and make sure that our community does not suffer the long-term consequences as we learn to live with coronavirus.
Health on the Move
The Health on the Move van will be at the following locations in August. There is no need to book – just turn up on the day to get your Pfizer jab (please leave eight weeks between doses).
Sunday 15th August, 10am-3pm – Castlefield Community Centre, High Wycombe, HP12 3LL - Pfizer jabs for those ages 18+ (1st and 2nd doses)
Wednesday 18th August, 10am-3pm – Tesco, Packhorse Road, Gerrards Cross, SL9 8ER - Pfizer jabs for those ages 18+ (1st and 2nd doses)
Thursday 19th August, 10am-3pm – Stokenchurch Memorial Hall, Oxford Road, Stokenchurch, HP14 3RG - Pfizer jabs for those ages 18+ (1st and 2nd doses)
Saturday 21st August, 10am-3pm – Chesham Market, High Street, Chesham - Pfizer jabs for those ages 18+ (1st and 2nd doses)
Sunday 22nd August, 10am-3pm – Wrights Meadow Centre, Wrights Meadow Road, High Wycombe, HP11 1SQ - Pfizer jabs for those ages 18+ (1st and 2nd doses).