Roll out of C19 vaccine
Pam Goldman made this Freedom of Information request to The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation
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Dear The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation,
Please could you explain why a patient, for example age 77, and being admitted to hospital for major surgery is not considered a priority and the “ exceptional personalised circumstances” category is not applied. I have read that patients being discharged from hospital would be vaccinated at that point.
Thank you for your email which has been noted. The Secretariat are dealing
with a large volume of queries concerning the advice of JCVI on priority
groups for COVID-19 vaccination and will endeavour to respond queries on
this. Your patience is gratefully appreciated.
JCVI continues to work on the consideration and review of vaccines for
COVID-19 and advice for the COVID-19 vaccination programme and will
publish further advice at the appropriate time.
The latest statement concerning JCVIs advice on this is available at:
The JCVI statement on first dose prioritisation is available at:
The latest published minutes of JCVI meetings are available at:
Further detail on the groups considered a priority and eligible for
COVID-19 vaccination in the first phase of the COVID-19 vaccination
programme is available from the Green Book immunisation against infectious
Disease chapter on COVID-19 at:
Thank you for your email of 9 January to Public Health England (PHE).
Advice on eligibility for the vaccine is available at:
This is based on the list of COVID-19 vaccine priority groups published by
the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). The JCVI is an
independent Departmental Expert Committee and a statutory body supported
by PHE with the following remit:
“To advise UK health departments on immunisations for the prevention of
infections and/or disease following due consideration of the evidence on
the burden of disease, on vaccine safety and efficacy and on the impact
and cost effectiveness of immunisation strategies. To consider and
identify factors for the successful and effective implementation of
immunisation strategies. To identify important knowledge gaps relating to
immunisations or immunisation programmes where further research and/or
surveillance should be considered.”
JCVI has advised that for Phase 1 of the COVID-19 Vaccine Programme, the
first priorities should be the prevention of COVID-19 mortality and the
protection of health and social care staff and systems. JCVI has published
the prioritisation list for COVID-19 vaccination which is largely
prioritised by age due to the strong association of older age and
mortality from COVID-19. Those considered clinically extremely vulnerable
have also been prioritised for vaccination and those in clinical risk
groups aged 16 years and over. Please see:
for more information.
Immunisations against Infectious Disease (The Green Book) outlines in more
detail the advice of the JCVI on those who should prioritised and are
eligible for COVID-19 vaccination during the first phase of the programme.
The Green Book is available at:
If you have any further queries about the vaccination programme, please
contact The Department of Health and Social Care: Contact Form: General
enquiries or by Telephone: 0207 210 4850.
Please see NHSE Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine guidance at
If you have any further questions or concerns about COVID-19 vaccination
for you or your family please discuss this with your local health care
I hope this information is helpful.
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