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“They don’t trust that they’re actually going to get it.” – Charlie on the vaccine


Reported by Charlie

Published on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021

Covid 19
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“They don’t trust that they’re actually going to get it.” – Charlie on the vaccine


Written by Charlie

Published on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021

Covid 19

By Charlie

So what have you heard about, and what are the attitudes about the vaccine that you’ve heard on the street?

As I say, because we’ve only just come out of the second lockdown, I must admit, I’m ex-homeless, so I’ve slept on the streets. So like most people who are homeless I’ve got a health condition, mine just happens to be COPD so my son tends to shield me. He keeps stopping me from going out too much. So I haven’t got a fantastic amount for the last month or so because I’ve promised him that I’m staying back a little bit more.

But the ones I have been talking to – at a safe distance of course and a mask – they have no real… they don’t think they’re going to get the vaccine. What they do, they are going to be the last person to get it.

And they’ve not really given any thought to it at all.

So do people trust it? What it’s going to be, do they…?

They’re nonchalant towards it. They really are nonchalant towards it.

It’s not a case of trust or not trust, they don’t trust that they’re actually going to get it. Or if they do get it, they are well down the line.

But the one thing you know about someone who is a rough sleeper, or suffers from mental health, they will suffer from physical health because of the impact of that. And so they should be a higher priority, And I can’t find no give or anything, that they’re going to be stepped up on that.

Because you’ve gotta remember, very few of them are registered properly with doctors. As I say in here we use the day centre, and they’re registered with that surgery. But that surgery is in the day centre. So whether their health conditions are being wrapped in with the normal surgeries in the area, I don’t know.

Fantastic, thanks Charlie.

Written by Charlie


Charlie Radbourne has more than six years, peer support and advocacy experience. Sitting on many service user forums and local authority committees. Due to mental health problems, coming under CMHT and the crisis team, Charlie spent eight months sleeping rough and in the local night shelter, then four years in a hostel / supported accommodation.

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