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Coronavirus: Vaccination

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL2590, tabled on 9 September 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government (1) when, and (2) by whom, the extremely vulnerable in England were notified that they were eligible for COVID-19 booster vaccines.

Answered on

15 October 2021

On 14 September 2021, the Government accepted advice from the independent Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) that individuals who received vaccination in phase one of the COVID-19 vaccination programme in priority groups one to nine should be offered a booster vaccine. The JCVI advise that the booster vaccine dose is offered no earlier than six months after completion of the primary vaccine course and as far as possible be deployed in the same order as phase one. The first booster vaccine was administered on 16 September 2021 and in the week commencing 20 September 2021 over 1.5 million people were invited for their vaccine.

The National Health Service will contact those who are eligible, including those with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19.

On 1 September 2021, the Government also accepted the JCVI’s advice to offer a third primary dose to those with severe immunosuppression at or around the time of their first or second primary dose of COVID-19 vaccination as a precautionary measure. The JCVI will review at a later date whether such persons require a further booster dose following completion of their three-dose primary vaccine course.