As the Covid-19 vaccine programme rollout continues in Leeds, those who fall into priority Groups 5 and 6, as defined by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), are now being invited to receive their first Covid-19 vaccination.
Everyone aged over 65, as defined by priority cohort 5, are now being invited to receive their first vaccination. Letters will be sent out asking people to book via the national booking system.
Primary Care Networks (PCNs) are being advised to vaccinate people aged 18-65 who are deemed as ‘at risk’, as defined by priority cohort 6. This includes:
- People with a ‘severe and profound’ learning disability
- Important – Primary Care Networks across Leeds have been advised they should now invite all people with a learning disability (although listed in the national criteria as those with ‘severe and profound’ learning disabilities).
- In light of these changes, people aged over 65 with a learning disability may receive communication from the national booking system as well as contact from their GP practice. People aged under 65 with a learning disability will be contacted by their GP practice only. This may lead to some confusion.
- PCNs are being asked to consider what approaches they need to put in place to ensure people with a learning disability are supported to take up the vaccine when offered.
- Julie Royle-Evatt (LYPFT) will be putting together an easy read pack to support service users, carers and clinical teams through the whole process. It will be ready in draft form for next week, and be circulated to PCNs and carer services etc
- People with Serious Mental Illness
- This is defined as individuals with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, or any mental illness that causes severe functional impairment.
- Rethink have created a useful resource around barriers, enablers and recommendations to ensure uptake of COVID-19 vaccinations among people with severe mental illness
- Adult Carers
- At the same time as adults under 65 years with long term conditions, the vaccine will also be offered to adult carers. This is defined as those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill.
As a reminder, the following groups are also eligible:
- People over the age of 70: those who have not received their first vaccination can book appointments via the online booking system or by calling 119 free of charge, which is open from 7am-11pm seven days a week.
- Frontline Health and Care workers: more information including eligibility criteria is available here. Please contact [email protected] if you have staff and volunteers who fall into Groups 1-3 and haven’t yet been offered the vaccine.
- People who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable and their carers: those who are clinically extremely vulnerable and have not yet had their FIRST vaccination against Covid-19 can now book an appointment online at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or call NHS 119 between 7am and 11pm
- Carers who are over 65
For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine please visit the following link.