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Questions about eligibility

 

Who is currently eligible for a Covid-19 vaccination?

For the latest information about who can get the Covid-19 vaccine, please visit www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine

Those currently eligible for a vaccine include:

  • Those within the eligible age group
  • Care home staff and residents
  • Frontline health and social care workers
  • Clinically extremely vulnerable (those previously advised to shield)
  • People with underlying health conditions that make them at higher risk 
  • Unpaid carers - including those in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the sole or primary carer of an elderly or disabled person who is identified as clinically vulnerable to covid
  • People with a Learning Disability 
  • People who are immuno-supressed (and household members)

If you are in one of the above groups but haven’t received an invitation yet, you can book an appointment now through the national booking service at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by calling 119 anytime between 7am -11pm, seven days a week (free of charge).

Anyone who does not fall into one of these above priority groups is not eligible for a vaccine at this time. However, the vaccine will be offered more widely as soon as possible.

If you do not fall into one of the above categories, please do not contact your GP practice to request a vaccination, or to ask when you will become eligible. They will not have this information, and it will not help you get seen any faster.

 

How are decisions about prioritisation of patients being made?

The NHS is prioritising vaccinating those people who experts have agreed will benefit from it the most first, based on national guidelines from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

You can read the full JCVI guidance here: 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/priority-groups-for-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-advice-from-the-jcvi-30-december-2020

Further information on who is covered in these priority groups is also included in the government’s ‘Green Book’ for public health professionals on immunisation here:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/961287/Greenbook_chapter_14a_v7_12Feb2021.pdf

 

Why am I hearing of some people in a lower priority group receiving the vaccine?

Liverpool’s vaccination centres are following the national guidelines around the prioritisation of patients.

There are some occasions where small numbers of doses may be left over and need to be used quickly to avoid vaccine wastage.

In these instances, our vaccination sites have been offering vaccines out to other patients who are able to attend at short notice, or to local health and social care staff. However, these will still be patients who are within an eligible group.