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Update – Vaccination priority for household contacts of immunosuppressed

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You may be aware that the JCVI has advised that people over 16 who live with individuals with severely weakened immune systems should be offered COVID-19 vaccination as a priority. The Welsh Government, like the other UK nations, has accepted this advice and there is a form online  for individuals who are household contacts of someone who is immunosuppressed to complete.

The form has gone live today, the link to which can be found under ‘Further Information’ in the link below:

https://gov.wales/covid-19-vaccination-programme-weekly-update-27-april-2021

https://llyw.cymru/diweddariad-wythnosol-rhaglen-frechu-covid-19-27-ebrill-2021

It has also been referred to in the Written Statement issued today by the Minister for Health and Social Services:

Adults who are immunosuppressed have a weaker immune system to fight infections naturally and are more likely to have poorer outcomes following COVID-19 infection. There is growing evidence that the COVID-19 vaccines may reduce the chance of someone who has been vaccinated passing the virus on. Vaccinating household contacts will help limit the spread of the virus to these vulnerable adults.

For the full statement please see:

Written Statement: COVID-19 Vaccination Progress against Strategy Update (27 April 2021) | GOV.WALES

Datganiad Ysgrifenedig: Diweddariad ar Gyflawni’r Strategaeth Frechu COVID-19 (27 Ebrill 2021) | LLYW.CYMRU

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