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Prisons: Coronavirus

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 150876, tabled on 8 February 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the guidance issued to prison governors on (a) covid-19 vaccination roll-out in prisons for eligible groups set out by JCVI and (b) covid-19 vaccine reservation lists to prevent wastage of any remaining doses following the vaccination of eligible persons.

Answered on

26 April 2021

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that prison governors should make every effort to ensure persons in detained settings are offered vaccination in line with the offer to the wider community according to their priority group. The JCVI’s advice is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/letter-from-the-health-and-social-care-secretary-on-covid-19-vaccination-phase-1-advice/letter-from-the-jcvi-to-the-health-and-social-care-secretary-on-further-considerations-on-phase-1-advice-1-march-2021

Guidance was issued to NHS England and NHS Improvement Health and Justice Commissioners and Health and Justice healthcare providers on 22 March 2021 on next steps on uptake and supply. A copy of the letter is attached.

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Department of Health and Social Care