Autism Hampshire has been awarded a grant by Southampton City Council to become a Covid-19 Vaccination Champion.
Southampton was identified as one of 60 local authorities across the country with lower vaccination rates, with around 20% of residents remaining unvaccinated. Among the reasons for this are:
So, Vaccination Champions have been identified to work within the community to assist people in accessing information about Covid-19 vaccines. A Vaccination Champion helps people to understand the vaccination process, thereby helping them to make informed decisions about vaccination.
Covid-19 vaccination uptake has been low within the autistic community, as anxiety, communication and sensory needs can often be a barrier for people getting a vaccine.
The grant to Autism Hampshire is paying for a five-month project to promote and increase Covid-19 vaccine uptake to the autistic community in Southampton and the wider area.
To promote Covid-19 vaccination uptake, we are:
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Covid-19 has affected autistic people in many ways, and we are now seeing more people who are socially isolated, having retreated further away from their community services and health care providers during lockdown. Our project will ensure that our autistic community is given appropriate advice and guidance about the Covid-19 vaccine, in an accessible manner that addresses their specific concerns, with the aim of reducing their anxieties and giving them the confidence to attend their vaccination appointments.
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