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2 December 2020

JCVI publishes advice on the priority groups for COVID-19 vaccination


The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) publishes advice on priority groups for COVID-19 vaccination. Prioritisation aims to prevent COVID-19 mortality and protect health and social care staff and systems, and then maintain resilience in public service by reaching ‘those at increased risk of hospitalisation’ and exposure.

In making these recommendations, JCVI reviewed UK epidemiological data, mortality and hospitalisation data, evidence from occupational exposure, a review on vaccine inequalities, mathematical modelling and unpublished safety and efficacy data from Phase 1, 2 and 3 clinical trials of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

During phase 1, prioritisation is focused on age, occupation and underlying health conditions. Workers and residents in care homes for older adults are at the top of the list, followed by people over the age of 80 years and health and social care workers. Prioritisation is then cascaded by age in 5-yearly intervals until all those over the age of 50 years are offered a vaccine. Exceptions to this include the clinically extremely vulnerable, and adults aged 16 to 64 years with serious underlying health conditions, who will also be vaccinated during the first phase.

Phase 2 is likely to include other key workers including first responders, the military, teachers and transport workers.


Gov.uk independent report