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Priority Groups for Phase 2 of COVID-19 Vaccination Programme

Independent report on the priority groups for phase 2 of the Covid-019 vaccination programme.

The report suggests that an age-based approach remains the most effective way of reducing death and hospitalisation from COVID-19.

After groups 1 to 9 in Phase 1, people aged 40 to 49 years are at highest risk of hospitalisation, with the risk reducing the younger you are.

The Government has confirmed that prioritisation will therefore continue in the following order, once all at-risk groups in Phase 1 have been offered at least one dose of the vaccine:

  • All those aged 40 to 49 years

  • All those aged 30 to 39 years

  • All those aged 18 to 29 years

The committee agreed that mass vaccination targeting occupational groups would be more complex to deliver and may slow down the vaccine programme, leaving some more vulnerable people at higher risk unvaccinated for longer.

Other people at higher risk of hospitalisation from COVID-19 include:

  • Men

  • Those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities

  • Those with a BMI over 30

  • Those living in deprived neighbourhoods

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) strongly advises that these people promptly take up the offer of vaccination when they are offered.

The JCVI also strongly advises that priority is given to promoting vaccine uptake in these groups. Local health teams should use their knowledge and experience to engage with local communities in support of the vaccine programme.

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