Charities call on government to increase support for Covid-19 to 500,000 immunocompromised
Health charities are calling on the government to support 500,000 people across the UK for whom Covid-19 vaccines may offer less protection.
Now that the fourth stage of the roadmap has been set, most of England’s Covid rules are due to be removed on July 19.
In total, 16 charities such as Versus Arthritis, Anthony Nolan, Blood Cancer UK and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust say more needs to be done for those who are immunocompromised or immunosuppressed.
Charities have demanded better communication from government and the NHS to educate patients, the general public and employers of the potentially higher and continuing risks Covid-19 poses to people with compromised immune systems.
Another request concerns job protection and access to workplace adjustments for people with immunosuppression, including the obligation to consider working from home where possible and flexible working hours. start and end to avoid rush hour trips.
Charities are also calling for a commitment that research into Covid-19 booster vaccines and any future booster programs examine how best to provide the maximum level of protection possible to people with or are immunocompromised and that they be prioritized for the vaccination.
A survey of more than 2,000 members of the public for charities found that 68% did not know that people who have certain health problems, or who take specific medications, are not as protected by the two doses of Covid-19 vaccine as effectively as the general public.
Research articles have suggested that people with weakened immune systems do not get as high levels of antibodies from vaccines as perfectly healthy people.
Speaking on behalf of the coalition, Fiona Loud, Policy Director of Kidney Care UK, said: “We understand and of course share the desire to get back to something close to normal, but it cannot be done. at the expense of thousands of lives.
“The needs and safety of those at risk must be urgently taken into account as the country lifts measures that provided them with some protection.
“We need better communication so that those who may not be as well protected by the vaccine can make informed decisions about their own personal risk.
“Everyone needs to understand how to continue to protect those who remain vulnerable; any of those 500,000 people could be your mom, your brother, your coworker, or your best friend.
The full list of charities is:
Arthritis and musculoskeletal alliance
Blood Cancer United Kingdom
Bowel cancer United Kingdom
Crohn’s and colitis
Confidence of cystic fibrosis
Immunodeficiency United Kingdom
Kidney Care United Kingdom
Muscular Dystrophy United Kingdom
NRAS – National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society
Scleroderma and Raynaud’s UK
Vasculitis United Kingdom