Who is on the priority list for the vaccine?
The vaccine is currently being offered to people most at risk of coronavirus, including some people aged 80 and over, people who live or work in care homes and health care workers at high risk. Vaccination for other groups will begin once the supply of vaccines become available. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, which advises the Government, has issued a priority list for the vaccine. It sets out the groups of people who will get a vaccine in order of priority across the whole of the UK:
- Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers.
- Everyone 80 years of age and over, and frontline health and social care workers.
- Everyone 75 years of age and over.
- Everyone 70 years of age and over, and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals.
- Everyone 65 years of age and over.
- People aged 16-64 who have underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality, including people with a severe or profound learning disability. Group 6 also includes unpaid carers, including people who are in receipt of Carer’s Allowance or are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person. This does not include the person they care for, although that person may fall into one of the priority groups for a different reason.
- Everyone 60 years of age and over.
- Everyone 55 years of age and over.
- Everyone 50 years of age and over.
Who is considered Clinically Extremely Vulnerable?
The people who are defined as clinically extremely vulnerable and placed in the fourth priority group are:
- solid organ transplant recipients
- people with specific cancers and people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy
- people who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the past six months or are still taking immunosuppression drugs
- people with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- people with rare diseases that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), homozygous sickle cell)
- people on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection
- adults with Down’s syndrome
- adults on dialysis or with chronic kidney disease (Stage 5)
- women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired