It’s a question we get asked a lot here in the office, just how do we get the vaccine? We wish we could say it’s a simple answer, or in fact an easy process. As you can imagine, rolling out a vaccine like this, with all its specific requirements, is a mammoth challenge, to say the least.
A little further down the page we have a link to the OMNI Vaccine Queue Calculator, but first, this video will help answer some questions……
The official line from NHS Wales is this.
There was only a small quantities of a vaccine at first, so it was offered to those who are most at risk first. Eventually every adult will be offered the vaccine, and as we’ve seen recently, the roll out has been incredible.
The groups to be prioritised to receive a COVID-19 vaccine first, are decided by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) at a UK level. This is based on knowledge around who is most at risk from COVID-19. Full details now available here.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advises that the first priorities for the COVID-19 vaccination programme should be the prevention of mortality and the maintenance of the health and social care systems. As the risk of mortality from COVID-19 increases with age, prioritisation is primarily based on age.
This priority list is as follows:
- residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
- all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
- all those 75 years of age and over
- all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
- all those 65 years of age and over
- all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
- all those 60 years of age and over
- all those 55 years of age and over
- all those 50 years of age and over
It is estimated that taken together, these groups represent around 99% of preventable mortality from COVID-19.
But if you feel you need an indication of when you’ll be eligible, Omni’s Vaccine Queue CALCULATOR is available to give you an approximate estimate of how long it will be before your number comes up.
JCVI advises that implementation of the COVID-19 vaccine programme should aim to achieve high vaccine uptake. An age-based programme will likely result in faster delivery and better uptake in those at the highest risk.
As the various phases of the programme are rolled out in the UK, additional data will become available on the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines. These data will provide the basis for consideration of vaccination in groups that are at lower risk of mortality from COVID-19.
The committee is currently of the view that the key focus for the second phase of vaccination could be on further preventing hospitalisation.
Vaccination of those at increased risk of exposure to SARS-CoV-2 due to their occupation could also be a priority in the next phase.
Wider use of COVID-19 vaccines will provide a better understanding of whether they can prevent infection and onward transmission in the population. Data on vaccine impact on transmission, along with data on vaccine safety and effectiveness, will potentially allow for consideration of vaccination across the rest of the population.
As trials in children and pregnant women are completed, we will also gain a better understanding of the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines in these persons.
If you’d like more information and to find out more about the vaccine itself, go here – NHS WALES.