COVID-19 in Slough: An investigation of the reasons for high case numbers, barriers to vaccine uptake and low testing uptake

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Cases of COVID-19 in Slough have been consistently higher than the UK national average, and higher than surrounding regions, throughout the pandemic. In late 2020, cases were 400 per 100,000 population, putting Slough within the highest rate band for the UK; cases rose further, to a high of more than 1000 per 100,000, in late January 20211 (though they had fallen to below 100 per 100,0002 by March 2021). In November 2020, Slough Borough Council reached out to Royal Holloway, University of London, for a consultation on what might be driving higher case numbers within the borough, and what might be done to address any challenges identified. Dr Jennifer Cole (hereafter JC), a biological anthropologist in the Geography Department, was assigned to the consultation.
Original languageEnglish
Commissioning bodySlough Borough Council
Number of pages40
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021


  • COVID-19
  • Vaccine hesitancy
  • Public communication
  • Public health

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