Coronavirus: Quarantine and Vaccination

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 6th June 2022.

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Photo of Daisy Cooper Daisy Cooper Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the ways his Department communicated with clinically extremely vulnerable people during the covid-19 outbreak with reference to (a) shielding and (b) the vaccination programme; and if he will publish any lessons learned.

Photo of Maggie Throup Maggie Throup The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

No specific assessment has been made. However, the Office for National Statistics’ (ONS) recent survey ‘Coronavirus and clinically extremely vulnerable people in England’ includes information on the effectiveness of communications aimed at the clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV), which is available at the following link:

https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/conditionsanddiseases/datasets/coronavirusandclinicallyextremelyvulnerablepeopleinengland

Data from January to October 2021 shows that 87% of respondents said they had a good or complete understanding of the Government’s guidance. Data from October 2021 showed that 95% of eligible CEV people were fairly likely or very likely to receive the third primary dose for the severely immunosuppressed. While there are no plans to undertake a specific lesson learned exercise on communications, the Government will continue to identify lessons from the pandemic response.

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