| 15 April 2024, Monday |

Households of adults with weak immune systems to be vaccinated

The UK’s vaccine committee said that people living in the same household as adults with weakened immune systems should be offered a Covid vaccine.

This will help to stop the spread of the virus to vulnerable people in the same house, after recent evidence suggested they may not respond as well as others to a vaccine.

Household contacts of those with blood cancer or HIV are included. Children under 16 are not part of the new advice.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) advised the government to prioritize people for a Covid vaccine who are over 16, and living with adults who have weakened immune systems.

Health secretary Matt Hancock has now asked NHS England to implement the advice, which has been shared with the four other nations of the UK.

Adults with weakened immune systems, or who are immuno-suppressed, are less able to fight off infections naturally. They include people receiving chemotherapy or radical radiotherapy for cancer and those with serious immune disorders.
Recent studies suggest they do not receive as much protection from Covid vaccines as other people.