Key messages for clinically vulnerable patients in cohort 6

Clinically vulnerable people are being vaccinated in cohort 6. The JCVI defines clinically vulnerable people as those with:

· Chronic respiratory disease, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis and severe asthma

· Chronic heart disease (and vascular disease)

· Chronic kidney disease

· Chronic liver disease

· Chronic neurological disease including epilepsy

· Down’s syndrome

· Severe and profound learning disability

· Diabetes

· Solid organ, bone marrow and stem cell transplant recipients

· People with specific cancers

· Immunosuppression due to disease or treatment

· Asplenia and splenic dysfunction

· Very obese (BMI of 40 or above)

· Severe mental illness (such as schizophrenia or bipolar disease)

GP practices will be working through their lists of patients and will contact them when they are eligible and have supply of the vaccine.

Please don’t be worried if you or a family member is in one of the priority groups and hasn’t heard anything so far.

You might know others in the other priority groups who have been invited for their vaccination already, but that does not mean that you or your relative are a lower priority or have been forgotten.

This is the biggest vaccination programme in UK history and this is one of the biggest cohorts of patients which means it will take time to vaccinate all the eligible people.

Supply of the Pfizer and Oxford vaccines are coming through in small batches, which means we are rolling it out in waves. This means you may be contacted at short notice to attend your vaccination.

The NHS is working hard to vaccinate as many people in this group as quickly as possible and many more people will be invited in.

Thank you for your patience.

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