Households of immunosuppressed adults to get jab priority
Households of people with a weakened immune system are to be prioritised for Covid-19 jabs.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) said people over the age of 16 who are living in a house with an adult with a weakened immune system – such as those with blood cancer, HIV or are having immunosuppressive treatment such as chemotherapy – will qualify for an early injection.
It is hoped the move will help to limit the spread to immunosuppressed adults, who have a weaker immune system and are less able to fight infections naturally.
The NHS in England has been told to offer jabs to this group after the government accepted the recommendation.
Downing Street says UK doesn’t have spare vaccines to share
Britain does not currently have a surplus of Covid vaccines to share with other countries, but will consider how to distribute any future surplus if there is one, Boris Johnson’s spokesman said on Monday.
“Our first priority is to protect the British public, and the vaccine rollout is continuing to that end,” the spokesman told reporters. “We don’t currently have a surplus of vaccines, but we will consider how they are best allocated as they become available.”
Russia’s health ministry has registered the one-shot Sputnik-Light version of its Covid-19 vaccine for use, the TASS news agency reported on Monday.
Russia said last week that it had completed clinical trials for the slimmed-down vaccine, which it has cast as a possible temporary solution to help countries with high infection rates make the vaccine go further.
Moscow has said that its two-dose Sputnik V vaccine will remain the main version used in Russia.