A new briefing from the Runnymede Trust and the Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE), ‘Ethnic Minority Older People, Histories of Structural Racism and the COVID-19 Pandemic’ explores why Covid had such a devastating impact on our older ethnic minority population.
In this webinar we discussed some key points from the briefing:
1. Older ethnic minority people are more exposed to the virus, and to longstanding inequalities in housing, health, employment and resources, all exacerbated by the pandemic.
2. The loss of social spaces, lack of digital access for some, coupled with language barriers for others, has hindered their ability to maintain social connections and access resources and information.
3. Vaccine hesitancy is much more complex than painted in the media.
We were joined by an expert panel:
Tracey Bignall, Senior Policy and Practice Officer at the Race Equality Foundation
Dr Brenda Hayanga, research fellow at the University of Sussex
Shane Ward, CEO of the West Bromwich African Caribbean Resource Centre
The event was chaired by Dr Dharmi Kapadia from CoDE at the University of Manchester.