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Welsh Gov changes rules on who gets prioritised for Covid vaccines

14 Apr 2021 2 minute read
A close-up of a Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine vial containing 10 doses at Pontcae Medical Practice on January 4, 2021 in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales. The Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine was administered at a handful of hospitals today before being rolled out to hundreds of GP-led sites across the country this week.

The Welsh Government has changed the rules on who gets prioritised for Covid vacines.

It has accepted Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation’s advice that people over 16 who live with individuals with severely weakened immune systems should be offered Covid-19 vaccination as a priority.

It is now making arrangements to invite these individuals for vaccination.

Adults who are immunosuppressed have a weaker immune system to fight infections naturally and are more likely to have poorer outcomes following Covid-19 infection.

There is growing evidence that the Covid-19 vaccines may reduce the chance of someone who has been vaccinated passing the virus on. Therefore, vaccinating household contacts will help limit the spread of the virus to immunosuppressed adults.

Household contacts considered as a priority would be those over 16 who share living accommodation with adults who are immunosuppressed.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation does not currently advise vaccination of household contacts of immunosuppressed children, or children who are household contacts of immunosuppressed adults.

Adults with severe immunosuppression should have already been offered Covid-19 vaccination as part of group 6 (all individuals aged 16 to 64 years with underlying health conditions as defined by the JVCI).

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