Headlining for BBC Scotland, a report on vaccine no-shows in one centre, features an early and repeated suggestion that letters arriving late may have been the cause and Tory MSP Annie Wells implying that this is the cause and that ‘SNP ministers must give health boards the resources to ensure that people’s details are fully up-to-date.‘
BBC Wales on the 30th March reporting on no-shows in Swansea featured no such allegations and suggested instead: ‘people needed to ensure their GPs had their correct address.‘
BBC England/UK? They’re not even reporting no-shows as an issue.
What’s the research evidence?
A February 2021 study by Imperial College London with partners in the US and Belgium found that vaccine mis-information significantly reduced willingness to take the vaccine and that is particularly truie for certain ‘sociodemographic groups.’ These groups are presumably based on ethnicity or faith. Such groups are present in quite high numbers in Glasgow.
Also in February 2021, the BMJ reported:
In a UK survey in December 2020, vaccine hesitancy was highest among black, Bangladeshi, and Pakistani populations compared with people from a white ethnic background. Even more worryingly, data up to 15 January 2021 show substantially lower rates of covid-19 vaccinations among over 80s in ethnic minority (white people 42.5%, black people 20.5%) and deprived communities (least deprived 44.7%, most deprived 37.9%) in England. Similarly, data from an NHS trust show lower covid-19 vaccination rates among ethnic minority healthcare workers (70.9% in white workers v 58.5% in South Asian and 36.8% in black workers).
On the basis of no actual evidence of late letters and ignoring scientific advice, BBC Scotland colludes with the Tories to blame the SNP.