New priority list of people who will get the Covid vaccine first changes the rules


People at very high risk of coronavirus, who needed to protect themselves during the pandemic, were given the same priority as those over 70 in the queue to receive a vaccine.The provisional list of priority vaccines published by Public Health England placed people aged 18 and over deemed clinically extremely vulnerable in the same priority group as those aged 70 and over.

This means that people with conditions such as blood, bone or lung cancer, chronic kidney disease, and Down syndrome were placed in the priority group four out of nine.

Gemma Peters, Managing Director of the Blood Cancer UK charity, said: “This is very good news.

“Putting people with blood cancer at the same level of priority as those over the age of 70 better reflects the fact that they are particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus.”

She added: “Any vaccine may not work as well in people with blood cancer, so vaccinating those around them is an essential part of their protection.

“We are very grateful to the government for listening to the voices of people with blood cancer and other health issues on this issue.

“It’s also important to remember that this is not definitely the final priority list.

“No vaccine has yet been approved and we are awaiting confirmation that any vaccine will be safe and effective for people with blood cancer.”

The updated list, which is subject to vaccine supply approval by the Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), also lists conditions that fall under priority group six for adults at risk. aged 18 to 65.

These include diabetes, chronic heart disease, and morbid obesity.

Interim guidance, advised by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI), states that the order of priority should be:

1. Elderly people in a nursing home and workers in a nursing home

2. All those 80 and over and health and social service workers

3. All those 75 and over

4. All persons aged 70 years and over and clinically extremely vulnerable persons, excluding pregnant women and those under the age of 18

5. All those 65 and over

6. Adults aged 18 to 65 in a risk group

7. All persons aged 60 and over

8. Every 55 years and over

9. All people aged 50 and over


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