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Vaccination of hospital patients admitted Covid free

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Heather Henderson

Dear The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation,

With the alarming increase of hospital patients admitted Covid 19 free getting the virus whilst hospitalised, wouldn’t it make sense to vaccinate patients in hospital as a matter of urgency, and/or better still make the pre-operative assessment include vaccination as well as Covid tests.

Yours faithfully,
Heather Henderson

Jcvi, The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation

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:

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FOI, The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation

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PHE.enquiries, The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation

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Dear Heather,


Thank you for your email to Public Health England (PHE) on 16 January 2021
regarding your suggestion to prioritise vaccines for hospitalised
patients. I am very sorry for the delay in responding to you, we are
currently receiving a very high volume of correspondence.


The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) team have noted
your comments.


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: [1]priority groups for
coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination for more information.


Thank you once again for your interest in PHE.


We hope this information helps.


Yours Sincerely



Enquiries - Public Health England


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