JCVI advises that the first priorities for the COVID-19 vaccination programme should be the prevention of mortality and the maintenance of the health and social care systems. As the risk of mortality from COVID-19 increases with age, prioritisation is primarily based on 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 years 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
The practice is currently working towards completing the first 2 tiers within the next week dependent on the delivery of the relevant vaccine.
Moving forward we envisage starting to work on tier 3 also but again this is dependent on the delivery process which is centrally arranged and out of the practices control.
We are waiting on further guidance in relation to the housebound cohort of patients, as this is further complicated by the complexity of the vaccine in the transportation process.