Millions of people in the UK have now been given a first dose of the coronavirus vaccine.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advises the government on which people should be prioritised for a vaccine, and their advice is frequently reviewed.
The government has now confirmed that homeless people will be included in the first phase of the vaccine roll-out, after the JVCI advised that they are more likely to have health conditions which put them at higher risk from the virus.
The first phase of the vaccine roll-out focuses on nine key priority groups, which cover all adults aged 50 years and over, and younger adults with underlying health conditions.
The UK aims to offer a first vaccine dose to the 32 million people in the first nine priority groups by 15 April.
The second phase of the vaccine roll-out will focus on the remaining adults under the age of 50, with every adult offered a by July 31, according to the government’s plans.
Since the vaccine roll-out began in the UK in December last year, more than 23 million people have received at least one dose of the jab, which is more than third of the whole population.
In England, people who are over the age 56 are now being invited for their jabs.
So, which priority group will you fall under? Below, we’ve outlined every group for both phases of the roll-out.
To find out when you might be offered the vaccine, you can use our Covid-19 vaccine calculator here.
Priority group one
Residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults
Priority g roup two
All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
Priority g roup three
All those 75 years of age and over
Priority g roup four
All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals (not including pregnant women and those under 16 years of age)
Clinically extremely vulnerable individuals include those with the following conditions:
- solid organ transplant recipients
- people with specific cancers:
- people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy
- people with lung cancer who are undergoing radical radiotherapy
- people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment
- people having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer
- people having other targeted cancer treatments that can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors
- people who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs
- people with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- people with rare diseases that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), homozygous sickle cell disease)
- people on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection
- problems with your spleen, for example splenectomy (having your spleen removed)
- adults with Down’s syndrome
- adults on dialysis or with chronic kidney disease (stage 5)
- women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired
- other people who have also been classed as clinically extremely vulnerable, based on clinical judgement and an assessment of their needs. GPs and hospital clinicians have been provided with guidance to support these decisions
You may also be in this priority group if:
Your clinician or GP has added you to the Shielded Patient List because, based on their clinical judgement, they deem you to be at high risk of serious illness if you catch the virus.
You have been identified through the COVID-19 Population Risk Assessment as potentially being at high risk of serious illness if you catch the virus.
Priority g roup five
All those 65 years of age and over
Priority g roup six
Adults aged 16 to 65 years in an at-risk group.
Clinical conditions that put you in this group include:
- a blood cancer (such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma)
- 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 – this includes everyone on the learning disability register
- 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
This group also includes unpaid adult carers – those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill.
Homeless people are also now included in group six as they are more likely to suffer from other health conditions, according to the JCVI.
Priority g roup seven
All those 60 years of age and over
Priority g roup eight
All those 55 years of age and over
Priority g roup nine
All those 50 years of age and over
All those aged 40 to 49 years
All those aged 30 to 39 years
All those aged 18 to 29 years