The NHS in Essex are working with partners to urge any vulnerable and at-risk residents to accept their Covid-19 vaccination invitation to make sure nobody gets left behind.

National insight has shown that certain groups and communities are experiencing lower uptake of the jab, raising a cause for concern.

Dr Sunil Gupta, a GP and senior responsible officer for promoting equality and reducing inequalities in mid and south Essex said: "We absolutely need to get the message to these communities that getting the vaccine is safe, easy and will protect you from this terrible disease, especially as those who are most hesitant are, sadly, the ones who are at higher risk.

"To achieve this, the NHS and its partners is reaching out to these people to hear their concerns and identify the best way to overcome their issues."

The NHS and its partners from across Essex are reaching out to groups in a number of ways. 

They're working with partners to reach the homeless and rough sleeping community, offering support for vulnerable women, working to support adults with learning disabilities and speaking to leaders of Mosques in the area to discuss opportunities and identify solutions with the Muslim community.

Community listening sessions are also being held.