General News and updates
Covid-19 booster VS third vaccine
We have heard of cases where GPs are unaware of the difference between third doses of vaccines and the booster vaccine. If this is the case, here is a letter that can be sent to GPs explaining the third dose of the vaccine roll out. For more information on Covid vaccines, read the NHS and government websites.
Vaccines for children
As of 4 August 2021 England, Wales and Scotland have announced that they will follow the advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccines and Immunisations (JCVI) to vaccinate 16 and 17 year olds. In England 16 and 17 year olds should start receiving the vaccine by 23 August 2021. In England the Government has updated its Green Book guidance with more detailed...
Advice for the clinically extremely vulnerable – Wales
The Chief Medical Officer for Wales has indicated that despite the rise in numbers of Covid-19 and the lifting of many restrictions in Wales, he will not be advising people who are clinically extremely vulnerable to shield at this time. The Chief Medical Officer wants to ensure people balance the risk of harm from Covid-19 with the risk of harm to an...
Eurordis calls for European nations to offer booster third doses
Eurordis has called for European nations to offer a booster vaccination dose to people living with a rare condition at highest risk from Covid-19. The UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has already issued guidance that all clinically extremely vulnerable people over the age 16 will be offered a booster dose from September 2021.
Children removed from shielding list
Given that Wales is currently on alert level 0 and shielding is not taking place, this should not impact the daily lives of the children. The Chief Medical Officer for Wales does not expect to have to advise ‘shielding’ again in the future, based on current evidence. Those removed will now be advised to follow guidance given to the general population,...
Covid-19 parliamentary update: 15-22 July 2021
A summary of discussion about Covid-19 in Westminster and the Senedd between 15-22 July 2021.
Covid-19 and vulnerable children
We were joined yesterday at our Community check-in by Dr Liz Whittaker, infectious disease lead at RCPCH, and Senior Clinical Lecturer in paediatric infectious diseases and immunology at Imperial College London to discuss the current situation regarding Covid-19, the risks for children with rare conditions and whether they should be offered the...