The coronavirus vaccine will from today be offered to everyone over 70 years old, and the clinically extremely vulnerable.
This is a crucial step forward in the government’s plan of vaccinating the top four most vulnerable groups by mid-February.
The government hope that when the most vulnerable have been vaccinated, it will allow for easing off some lockdown restrictions.
Now more than 3.8million people, including over 80s, care home residents and NHS and social care staff have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
But from today, Monday, January 18, it will be rolled out to the next two priority groups.
So who are the clinically extremely vulnerable? Here is a full list of those who will be invited for a vaccine.
Full list of clinically extremely vulnerable people
According to the government website, there are two ways to know whether you are defined as clinically extremely vulnerable.
Either you need to have one of the conditions listed below, or your clinician or GP has added you to the Shielded Patient List.
If you don’t fall into any of the categories, and have not been contacted in regards to shielding, you won’t be considered clinically extremely vulnerable.
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The conditions are the following:
- Solid organ transplant recipients
- People 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 six months or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs
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- 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 disease)
- People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection
- Problems with your spleen, for example splenectomy (having your spleen removed)
- 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
- Other people who have also been classed as clinically extremely vulnerable, based on clinical judgement and an assessment of their needs. GPs and hospital clinicians have been provided with guidance to support these decisions
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