Coronavirus and Influenza: Vaccination

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 25th July 2022.

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Photo of Stephen Morgan Stephen Morgan Shadow Minister (Defence) (Armed Forces and Defence Procurement), Shadow Minister (Education) (Schools)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the announcement of categories other than the over 50s who will be eligible for a flu jab and a covid-19 booster this autumn, what assessment he has made of the implications for (a) the health of school staff, (b) the transmission of covid-19 in educational settings, (c) the health of children of the decision not to include teachers and school support staff in the list of eligible categories.

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

The Government is guided by advice from the independent expert Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) on COVID-19 and flu vaccinations. The JCVI advises that the primary objective of the autumn booster vaccination programme is to increase immunity in those at higher risk from severe illness and offer protection against severe illness, hospitalisation and death in winter 2022/23.

Serious outcomes are disproportionately seen in older people or those with certain underlying health conditions. The JCVI advise that eligibility for the autumn programme should be towards those most vulnerable to such outcomes. Health and social care workers are included in the autumn campaign due to the high risk of exposure to COVID-19 and transmission to the clinically vulnerable individuals they care for. The JCVI’s advice is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/jcvi-updated-statement-on-the-covid-19-vaccination-programme-for-autumn-2022/joint-committee-on-vaccination-and-immunisation-jcvi-updated-statement-on-the-covid-19-vaccination-programme-for-autumn-2022

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