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Priority groups for Covid-19 vaccination



List of priority groups and at risk groups for Covid-19 vaccinations

This information is sourced from PHE and the MHRA:

The risk of serious or fatal Covid-19 increases with age and/or underlying health conditions.

Phase 2
JCVI advises that vaccination is offered during phase 2 on an age-based basis starting with the oldest adults first and proceeding in the following order:

  • all those aged 40 to 49 years
  • all those aged 30 to 39 years
  • all those aged 18 to 29 years

Phase 1
The phase 1 priority groups are as follows:

  1. residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
  2. all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
  3. all those 75 years of age and over
  4. all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
  5. all those 65 years of age and over
  6. all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality – Adult carers, homeless people and those living with immunocompromised individuals are also included in group 6
  7. all those 60 years of age and over
  8. all those 55 years of age and over
  9. all those 50 years of age and over

The JCVI defines at risk groups (for group 6 above) as following.  This list is not exhaustive and clinicians may use their judgement:

  • a blood cancer (such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma)
  • diabetes
  • dementia
  • a heart problem
  • a chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including bronchitis, emphysema or severe asthma
  • a kidney disease
  • a liver disease
  • lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as HIV infection, steroid medication, chemotherapy or radiotherapy)
  • rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or psoriasis (who may require long term immunosuppressive treatments)
  • have had an organ transplant
  • had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
  • a neurological or muscle wasting condition
  • a severe or profound learning disability
  • a problem with your spleen, example sickle cell disease, or you have had your spleen removed
  • are seriously overweight (BMI of 40 and above)
  • are severely mentally ill

See also:

Long term conditions review

Learning Disability: Easy read guides for patients, face mask exemption cards, and resources for carers

QCovid Risk Calculator

Written by Dr Claire Davies