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Coronavirus: Vaccination

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 145791, tabled on 29 January 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to encourage take-up of the covid-19 vaccine among the clinically extremely vulnerable groups.

Answered on

22 February 2021

The Government wrote to all clinically extremely vulnerable individuals on 7 January, providing information about the COVID-19 vaccination process and notifying these individuals that they are receiving priority access to vaccination against COVID-19 before the general population and in line with the priority ordering set by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation. The letter also explained that the National Health Service would be in contact with more information on when and how they would be invited to get the vaccine, and has also been made available in a wide variety of accessible formats on GOV.UK.

To counter any hesitancy regarding the vaccines, the Rapid Response Unit in the Cabinet Office has produced social media content on their safety and efficacy.

To improve our understanding of vaccine hesitancy, the Cabinet Office is working with over 90 healthcare provider networks, faith groups, influencers and experts from a range of communities.