Vaccine confidence in Hillingdon

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Hillingdon undertook a survey with the North West London CCG and local councils to which over 5,600 responses have been received between February and March 2021.

The majority of people would get vaccinated against Covid-19.  Analysis by gender identity found that men had a higher level of vaccine confidence than women, but the highest level of hesitancy was amongst those who declined to respond to this question.

Analysis by age found that those aged 64 plus were most likely to take up the vaccine (94%), compared to 56% of those aged under 18.

Analysis by ethnicity found that 88% of people who were White were willing to be vaccinated, compared to just 30% of Black people.  People from ethnic minority groups said that the reasons for them not wanting to be vaccinated included safety, efficacy and misinformation.  A focus group with refugees found that there was a lack of information accessible by the ethnic minority population, including mythbusting.

The report contains three recommendations about better information to residents about the Covid-19 vaccine.

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General details

Report title 
Vaccine confidence in Hillingdon
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Hillingdon
Date of publication 
Monday, 16 August, 2021
Date evidence capture began 
Monday, 1 February, 2021
Date evidence capture finished 
Wednesday, 31 March, 2021
Key themes 
Communication between staff and patients
Health inequalities
Health protection
Information providing

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
What type of organisation requested the work 
Local Council
Primary research method used 
Focus group
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Community services 

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
16-17 years
18-24 years
25-64 years
65-85 years
85 +
Prefer not to say
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Other population characteristics 
Refugees or asylum seekers
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Does the information include staff's views? 
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
Not known

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.