As several companies have progressed in their vaccine R&D for vaccines against COVID-19, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has revised its guidance on the priority groups to be vaccinated.
Initially, only health workers and those with underlying health conditions conditions had been identified as priorities, as MAP reported in June.
Further nuance had been expected, however, and has now been issued. In the latest release, JCVI says its provisional priority order for vaccination is:
- “‘older adults’ resident in a care home and care home workers
- all those 80 years of age and over and health and social care workers
- all those 75 years of age and over
- all those 70 years of age and over
- all those 65 years of age and over
- high-risk adults under 65 years of age
- moderate-risk adults under 65 years of age
- all those 60 years of age and over
- all those 55 years of age and over
- all those 50 years of age and over
- rest of the population (priority to be determined)”
In the released documents, JCVI explains its logic and the approach taken.
It remains to be seen how effective any of the vaccines in development are, and how long it will be until doses are available.
Read the JCVI documents for more details.