A record of "vaccine" definition

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Dear Department of Health and Social Care
Please provide a record for legal, medical and lawful "vaccine" definition
Yours sincerely,
Dragutin:Popovic

Department of Health and Social Care

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FreedomofInformation, Department of Health and Social Care

Dear Mr Popovic,

Thank you for your email.

The Freedom of Information Act only applies to recorded information such as paper or electronic archive material. As your correspondence asked for general information rather than requesting specific recorded information or documentation, it did not fall under the provisions of the Act. It will be answered as general correspondence in due course.

Yours sincerely,

FOI Team
Department of Health and Social Care

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Department of Health and Social Care

Our ref: DE-1293398
 
Dear Mr Popovic,
 
Thank you for your correspondence of 18 January about a vaccine
definition. I have been asked to reply.

The Freedom of Information Act only applies to recorded information such
as paper or electronic archive material.  As your correspondence asked for
general information, rather than requesting recorded information or
documentation, it did not fall under the provisions of the Act.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government has been
involved in the global search for a vaccine. The Government have now
accepted the recommendations from the independent Medicines and Healthcare
products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to authorise three COVID-19 vaccines for
use, developed by Pfizer/BioNTech, Oxford/AstraZeneca and Moderna. This
authorisation follows months of rigorous clinical trials and a thorough
analysis of the data by experts at the MHRA, who have concluded that all
the vaccines meet the regulator’s strict standards of safety, quality and
effectiveness.

An effective vaccine is the best way to protect people from COVID-19 and
will save thousands of lives. It is essential that everyone continues to
stay at home where possible, whether they have had the vaccine or not, to
protect the NHS and save lives. This will be a marathon, not a sprint, and
we cannot let down our guard.

I assure you that the Government is doing everything it can to vaccinate
those most at risk as quickly as possible and will rapidly accelerate the
vaccination programme, which is the biggest in British history. Through
the UK COVID-19 Vaccines Delivery Plan, the Government will offer a first
vaccine dose to everyone in the first four priority groups, as advised by
the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), by 15 February
2021. The top four priority groups are care home residents and staff,
those aged over 80 years old, frontline health and social care staff,
those aged over 70 years old, and the clinically extremely vulnerable.
These groups have so far accounted for 88 per cent of COVID-19 fatalities.

Yours sincerely,
 

Lucy Ogan
Ministerial Correspondence and Public Enquiries
Department of Health and Social Care
 

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Dear Department of Health and Social Care,
The request was not for global search for vaccine.
The request was made to Department of Health and Social Care to provide a record of the definition of what constitute "vaccine" in legal terms - legal/medical definition of the vaccine.
Additionally request is made for the record of the definition of what constitute "effective vaccine" - legal /medical definition of effective vaccine
Please provide a record of the definition of what constitute "ineffective vaccine" - legal /medical definition of ineffective vaccine.
To summarise the request is made for the record of the definition -legal/medical definition ( recorded information such as paper or electronic archive material) of
vaccine
effective vaccine
ineffective vaccine
Yours sincerely
Dragutin:Popovic

FreedomofInformation, Department of Health and Social Care

Dear Mr Popovic,

Thank you for your further email.

The Freedom of Information Act only applies to recorded information such as paper or electronic archive material. As your correspondence asked for general information and "records" rather than requesting specific information or documentation, it did not fall under the provisions of the Act. It will be answered as general correspondence in due course.

You may find it helpful to refer to the Information Commissioner's 'How to access information from a public body' webpage. It includes advice for requesters on how to communicate effectively with public authorities, and how to word requests to get the best result. Future correspondence is less likely to be refused if framed in accordance with these guidelines.

https://ico.org.uk/your-data-matters/off...

Yours sincerely,

FOI Team
Department of Health and Social Care

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Department of Health and Social Care

Our ref: DE-1302321  
 
Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for your correspondence.
 
As we are experiencing extremely high volumes of correspondence due to the
ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we must regretfully inform you that we are not
currently able to provide an individual response to every enquiry we
receive from the public.
 
We are, however, continuing to record all the correspondence we receive so
that we can track the issues being raised by the public.
 
I am sorry that this falls short of the service we strive to offer, but
the unprecedented situation in which we find ourselves has required a
change in our approach to handling correspondence.
 
If your enquiry is in relation to the pandemic, the Government has
launched a COVID-19 ‘hub’, which can be found at [1]www.gov.uk/coronavirus
and is regularly updated. The hub offers all the Government’s latest
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on cases in the UK, and an email alert service so people can stay up to
date with all the latest measures.
 
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for, can be found at [2]this website.
 
If your query is related to information or clarification over the
Government’s vaccine rollout, you may find the information you are looking
for on the [3]UK COVID-19 vaccines delivery plan.
 
If your business is interested in helping the Government increase
COVID-19 testing capacity, please visit [4]this Government website. Please
note the service that was set up for businesses to offer other
COVID-19 support has closed.
 
If you are a clinician looking to support the NHS with the COVID-19
response, please visit [5]this website, where you will find a variety of
required roles for both registered and unregistered individuals.

If you are a clinician who has retired within the last six years and you
would like to volunteer to join the NHS COVID-19 vaccination team, please
visit [6]this website.

If you are a member of the public wishing to volunteer during the
pandemic, please visit [7]this website for more information. 

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Yours sincerely,
Daniel Belmore
Ministerial Correspondence and Public Enquiries
Department of Health and Social Care

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