To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of where frontline charity staff that provide fact to face support for people affected by dementia will be categorised on the covid-19 vaccine priority list.
7 April 2021
Front line health and social care staff including those providing support to those affected by dementia are in priority group 2. Whether an individual health or social care worker provides support on behalf of a charity, the National Health Service, social care or is employed by the private sector is not taken into account when prioritisation is considered. Carers, paid or unpaid, are being vaccinated alongside priority group 6. This include those caring for those affected by dementia. Outside these two categories those providing support for people with dementia would only be prioritised for vaccination in Phase 1 of the programme if they met the criteria for one of the priority groups on the basis of their own risk of serious outcomes from COVID-19. This might be either on grounds of age or clinical risk.