While there is a spike in avoidable deaths among rough sleepers in the UK every winter as temperatures plummet, the situation could worsen during the pandemic.

Iran PressEurope:  Before the pandemic hit, the British government made an election manifesto commitment to end rough sleeping by May 2024. But the "Everyone In" campaign launched by the government's communities, housing, and local government departments after the pandemic first hit, immediately housing nearly 30,000 people, has proven the problem can be solved much sooner if the will is there.

In the UK, first, homeless people have been prioritized for the COVID-19 jabs after Oldham Council in Manchester took matters into its own hands and vaccinated its rough sleepers, alongside those over 80. GPs say with a life expectancy of just 43-45, homeless people are an extremely vulnerable group and need protection. The highly infectious new strain of COVID-19 and the cold weather makes this the most dangerous time for those without a home.


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