Concerns are mounting that members of the Latin American community in London will miss out on vaccinations, after a survey found that one in seven low-paid Latin Americans are not registered with GPs.
There are an estimated 250,000 Latin Americans living in the UK, half of whom live in London, making them the eighth largest ethnic group in the capital. Poor digital access compounds problems with accessing health services, as four in 10 of those surveyed said they had no internet at home and 15% had no devices.
“The high proportion of Latin Americans not registered with a GP raises questions about their potential exclusion from health programmes, including the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine,” a report by the Brixton charity Indoamerican Refugee and Migrant Organisation (IRMO) said.
The ONS and Public Health England do not hold official data on Latin Americans in the UK. “Latin American” will not be an ethnicity option in the 2021 census, though Latin Americans can self-identify.