The order of how we will vaccinate the population against COVID-19.
This vaccination priority group list was drawn up by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). They have considered how to achieve the greatest reduction in mortality from COVID-19 as fast as possible. Vaccinating the first 4 cohorts on this list is likely to reduce 80% of COVID-19 related deaths.
Phase 1: priority list
In the first phase we will vaccinate according to age and risk of serious illness if someone catches coronavirus.
This priority list is as follows:
- People living in a care home for older adults and their staff carers
- All those 80 years of age and older and frontline health and social care workers
- All those 75 years of age and over
- All those 70 years of age and over and people who are extremely clinically vulnerable (also known as the “shielding” group) – people in this group will previously have received a letter from the Chief Medical Officer advising them to shield
- All those 65 years of age and over
- All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions, which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality.
- All those 60 years of age and over
- All those 55 years of age and over
- All those 50 years of age and over
These groups represent around 99% of preventable deaths from COVID-19.
Phase 2: mass vaccination
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has issued interim advice on prioritisation in phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccine programme. It has recommended the continuation of an age-based approach for prioritisation.
JCVI advises that, to facilitate rapid vaccine deployment, the offer of vaccination during phase 2 is age-based starting with the oldest adults first and proceeding in the following order:
- all those aged 40 to 49 years
- all those aged 30 to 39 years
- all those aged 18 to 29 years
The JCVI has also advised that certain professions, vulnerable groups and those who come into contact with vulnerable individuals be prioritised.