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GPs set to be among those first in line for potential Covid-19 vaccine

GPs look set to be among those targeted first if scientists succeed in their efforts to develop a viable Covid-19 vaccine.

Interim advice developed on behalf of the Government by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation said frontline health and care staff should be prioritised due to their increased risk of being exposed to coronavirus and transmitting it to patients.

The document, published today, suggested another reason to prioritise NHS staff was to ensure continued running of healthcare services.

It said: 'Frontline health and social care workers are at increased personal risk of exposure to infection with Covid-19 and of transmitting that infection to susceptible and vulnerable patients in health and social care settings.

‘The committee considered this group to be the highest priority for vaccination. Vaccination of frontline health and social care workers will also help to maintain resilience in the NHS and for health and social care providers.’

The JCVI recommended that vulnerable people at increase risk of serious illness and death should be next in line, including the elderly and people with underlying health conditions, currently advised to take more stringent measures to protect themselves from the virus.

The guidance is subject to review as more epidemiological data becomes available, the JCVI said, while also stressing that there is currently no available data on efficacy and safety of any Covid-19 vaccines in development.

Readers' comments (11)

  • Lambs to the slaughter?

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  • I’d rather not be your guinea pig thanks all the same.

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  • Wow, suddenly all the love for GPs or being the sceptic, guinea pigs to save a few bucks and get us to work harder, take more risks without PPEs.

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  • Anyone who doesn't want their dose is welcome to donate it to my family.

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  • Shouldn't shop workers and the like be next in line not the over 65 at risk elderly etc ? It is people working in contact with many others that will spread it more and be key to slowing the spread down. ( as proven on the BBC documentary first aired a few years ago )

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2018/contagion

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  • more about preventing more NHS worker deaths due to covid. I can see a class action law suit heading NHSE way in the future.

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  • To be honest, like your track and trace...uptake will be, well cautious. Doctors are not entirely stupid. Suddenly the NHS doesn't need data or evidence. How ironic.

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  • From my previous life as a viral vaccine immunologist (and staunch vaccine advocate) need I remind anyone what happened last time we rushed a vaccine through for a virus (RSV)....

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  • From my previous life as a viral vaccine immunologist (and staunch vaccine advocate) need I remind anyone what happened last time we rushed a vaccine through for a virus (RSV)....
    YES PLEASE RICK!!

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  • National Hopeless Service

    The first RSV vaccine induced an exaggerated clinical response to wild RSV infection in most of the infants who were RSV naive before vaccination

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