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Homeless prioritised for Covid vaccine alongside at-risk adults, Hancock says

Homeless people will be prioritised for coronavirus vaccinations alongside adults in at-risk groups, the government has said.

Matt Hancock, the health secretary, said the decision would “save more lives among those most at risk in society”.

It comes after the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, which said those experiencing rough-sleeping or homelessness were likely to have underlying health conditions and should be offered vaccinations alongside those in priority group six.

"People experiencing homelessness are likely to have health conditions that put them at higher risk of death from COVID-19.

He added: "This advice will help us to protect more people who are at greater risk, ensuring that fewer people become seriously ill or die from the virus."

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Source: The Independent, 11 March 2021


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