Coventry and Warwickshire Public Health are following the JCVI’s (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisations) priority list for vaccination as detailed below :
Phase One - Direct prevention of mortality and supporting the NHS and social care system
Prioritisation within Phase One is primarily based on age due the risk of mortality from COVID-19 increasing directly with age. The order of priority for each group in the population corresponds with data on the number of individuals who would need to be vaccinated to prevent one death, estimated from UK data obtained from March to June 2020 :
1. residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
2. all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
3. all those 75 years of age and over
4. all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
5. all those 65 years of age and over
6. all individuals aged 16 year to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
7. all those 60 years of age and over
8. all those 55 years of age and over
9. all those 50 years of age and over
Do you have an underlying health condition which means you are clinically vulnerable or extremely vulnerable and able to access a vaccine in Phase One?
The Government have advised that those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) to be particularly stringent in following the social distancing measures. This group includes those who have an underlying health condition listed below (i.e. anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds):
Chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema or bronchitis.
Chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
Chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
Chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), learning disability or cerebral palsy
Blood disorder such as sickle cell anaemia
Problems with the spleen – for example, have had their spleen removed
Weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
Those who are seriously overweight (a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above)
Those who are pregnant
Clinically Extremely Vulnerable
Adults with the following conditions are automatically deemed clinically extremely vulnerable and should adopt shielding measures :
Solid organ transplant recipients
Those with specific cancers:
People with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy
People with lung cancer who are undergoing radical radiotherapy
People with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment
People having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer
People having other targeted cancer treatments that can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors
People who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs
Those with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Those with rare diseases that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), homozygous sickle cell disease)
Those 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
If you believe yourself to be clinically vulnerable or extremely vulnerable and are registered with a GP you should contact them direct to ensure you are vaccinated against COVID-19 as a priority in Phase One.
Anyone who believes they should be vaccinated in Phase One, is living in Coventry or Warwickshire, is not registered with a GP and needs support to do so please contact Turnaround (see 'Contact Us' page) and we will be more than happy to assist.
For general information about COVID-19 and sex work, testing and vaccinations do not hesitate to contact us.
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Take care and stay safe.
The Turnaround Team.
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