- Protect and Immunize program will increase immunization among rough sleepers and provide emergency shelter
- £ 28million will be allocated to councils across England
- Builds on government work throughout the pandemic to support street sleepers and the national effort to be boosted now
People sleeping rough are helped get their COVID-19 vaccine and move to safe accommodation during the winter with government funding of £ 28million, announced today (December 20, 2021 ) the Ministry of Leveling, Housing and Communities.
The Protect and Immunize program will help increase immunization among homeless and rough sleeping people, supporting those who are reluctant to receive their life-saving booster shots and funding emergency housing to get people off the streets.
This means providing mobile vaccinations where people sleep rough, supporting outreach work in shelters to educate people about the dangers of the virus, and donating money to counseling to provide safe and secure accommodation while their vaccination level is increased.
This is the final part of the government’s mission to keep everyone safe from the Omicron threat, with people being urged to get vaccinated and receive reminders – which continue to be the best way to protect themselves. against COVID-19.
The UK has one of the highest rates of use in the world, with over 85% of adults having been double-bitten so far. However, two jabs are not enough to protect us from the new Omicron variant, and there are still thousands of people who have yet to come forward.
Residents of hard-to-reach communities are also supported to get immunized through targeted communications from councils, homeless organizations, faith groups and charities.
Rough Sleeping Minister Eddie Hughes said:
With an increase in COVID-19 cases and a new variant, we have an even greater responsibility to protect vulnerable people.
I’m very happy to announce this funding today, to ensure that as many people as possible get vaccinated and that councils can protect rough sleepers and put a roof over their heads.
Today’s announcement builds on the significant progress the government has made on its clear commitment to end street sleep. The annual snapshot of street sleep in 2020 saw a 37% reduction from the previous year. Restless sleep levels have fallen 43% since 2017.
Building on the success of the Everyone initiative, which helped 37,000 vulnerable people access emergency and longer-term shelter during the early stages of the pandemic, this support will continue to help homeless people to get off the streets and protect their health.
Overall, the government is investing £ 2bn over the next three years to tackle homelessness and rough sleep.