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Homeless people and rough sleepers should be prioritised for COVID-19 vaccine

 

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Homeless people and rough sleepers should be prioritised for COVID-19 vaccine

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advises that local teams consider a universal offer of COVID-19 vaccine to adults experiencing homelessness and rough sleeping alongside those in priority group 6.

Many people who are homeless or sleeping rough are likely to have underlying health conditions which would place them in priority group 6. These are likely to be under-diagnosed or not properly reflected in GP records. Due to current restrictions, many thousands of people who sleep rough have been housed in emergency accommodation. This provides a unique opportunity to offer vaccination to those often unable to access basic healthcare. They should also be offered the vaccine without the need for an NHS number or GP registration. More....