Care Homes and the Housebound
The NHS announced on February 1 that a COVID vaccine has been offered to all older residents at eligible care homes in England.
Housebound residents will receive a Covid-19 vaccine within their own home or place of residence. A special ‘roving team’ of vaccinators is delivering the service to housebound residents. Please note that only those who are registered as housebound by their GPs will receive an at home service others will have to attend a vaccination centre. More information on this can be found here.
Clinically Extremely Vulnerable
The NHS is still urging those who are clinically extremely vulnerable to come forward to receive a vaccine. Those who are clinically extremely vulnerable still need to bring their invite letter or their “Shielding” letter to their appointment as proof of eligibility and can then book a vaccination appointment here or by calling 0115 883 4640. Find out if you are clinically extremely vulnerable here.
Over 45s and the Clinically Vulnerable
Across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire we are inviting those aged 45 and over and the clinically [extremely] vulnerable to come forward for a vaccine.
In Nottinghamshire, the vaccine for the Clinically Vulnerable (cohort 6) began to be rolled-out from Thursday 18 February. Find out if you are classed at clinically vulnerable here.
Over 45s and eligible clinically vulnerable people do not need to wait for their letter before they book their appointments.
Over 45s can book a vaccination appointment here or by calling 0115 883 4640.
Clinically vulnerable people can book a vaccination appointment here
The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). They have based this on the prevention of mortality and the risk to the maintenance of the health and social care systems.
- residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
- all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
- all those 75 years of age and over
- all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
- all those 65 years of age and over
- all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
- all those 60 years of age and over
- all those 55 years of age and over
- all those 50 years of age and over
It is estimated that taken together, these groups represent around 99% of preventable mortality from COVID-19.
We achieved the target to offer a vaccine to the top four cohorts in line with the Prime Minister’s deadline of mid-February.
More than 40 million vaccines have been administered around the UK
Half of all British adults have now received a coronavirus vaccine, with first doses having been given to (in Nottinghamshire):
- 96.5 per cent of people over 80
- 103 per cent of 75-79 year olds
- 97.6 per cent 70-74 year olds
- 92.4 per cent of 65-69 year olds
- 96.3 per cent of 60-64 year olds
- 93.4 per cent of 55-59 year olds
- 87.1 per cent of 50-54 year olds
- 28.5 per cent of under 50s
We are now averaging more than 2.5 million vaccine doses being administered a week .
We have secured early access to over 407 million total doses of the vaccine for 2021 and 2022
A new partnership with CureVac was announced to rapidly develop new vaccines in response to new COVID variants if needed
The UK is the largest donor to the COVAX facility, the global mechanism to help developing countries access a coronavirus vaccine, and has committed £548 million in UK aid to help distribute 1.3 billion doses of coronavirus vaccines to 92 developing countries this year.
To date, we have invested over £300 million into manufacturing a successful vaccine that has enabled our rapid roll out.
What is the Government’s plan to rapidly scale up the vaccination programme?
As of 16 April, over 32.4 million people have received the first dose of the vaccine.
The vaccination roll-out is a huge logistical effort and planning has been underway for months. We're using vaccination centres, hospital hubs, GPs, and pharmacists to support and deliver the roll-out.
When will I receive a vaccine?
The NHS is already offering them to the most vulnerable people.
It is important to note that the NHS will contact you when it is your turn and you should wait for the invitation.
How are you deciding who gets the vaccine first?
As stated, the JCVI have set the priority categories for the vaccine roll-out. The have done this on the basis of who is most likely to become seriously ill with COVID-19, or even worse, to die from it.
88% of COVID deaths so far have been people in the top 4 most vulnerable categories. This is why the Government committed to offering everyone in these groups the vaccine by 15 February.
Why aren't other key workers getting the vaccine at the same time as frontline health and social care staff?
The vaccine is being given first to those who are most vulnerable to the virus. Health and social care workers are more vulnerable to getting seriously ill because of the large amount of the virus that they come into contact with when helping people who have it. They are also regularly working with other vulnerable people who could get the virus seriously.
Once we have gone through the JCVI's list, that is when we should start looking at vaccinating our key workers before others.
Why is there now a 12-week wait between vaccine doses?
In short, this will save lives. After dose 1, we receive about 89% protection against the virus - this is increased by about 5-6% after dose 2.
It is much better to give 2 grandparents 89% protection than to give one 95-6% and the other none at all. It is important that we vaccinate as many people as possible.
As ever, if you have any other queries, feel free to email me at ruth.edwards.mp.@parliament.uk
NHS COVID-19 Dashboard: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccinat…
Gov.UK COVID-19 Dashboard: https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/
JCVI Advice on Priority Categories: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/priority-groups-for-coronavi…
NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group COVID-19 Dasboard: https://nottsccg.nhs.uk/covid-19/covid-19-vaccination-in-nottingham-and…