Covid vaccine grants are being offered to vulnerable groups by Bedford Borough Council to combat vaccine inequalities.
The council is offering funding grants of up to £5,000 to encourage vaccine take-up across geographical areas and ethnic and vulnerable groups at higher risk.
Cllr Louise Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing said, “COVID-19 has not gone away and we continue to see high levels of infection locally. Some people are still at increased risk of serious illness, and vaccination is the single most important thing we can do to keep everyone safe.
“We are keen to support initiatives that can be implemented quickly, and that focus on areas of deprivation and diverse communities where we know COVID-19 has had a significant impact.”
She said the council was “open to ideas” from groups that would increase vaccination rates across the borough.
Grants could be used to implement:
- tailored communications such as translation services
- website modifications
- information sharing events
- community meetings
- befriending services
The deadline for applications is midday Sunday 5 September 2021. Funding will be awarded to successful applicants at the end of September and must be spent by 31 December 2021.