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Covid-19 vaccine priority groups expanded: Anthony Nolan responds

Following news today (Tuesday 16 February) the Government has cleared the QCovid risk algorithm for use in England resulting in GPs prioritising an extra 800,000 patients for vaccination against Covid-19 Henny Braund, Chief Executive of Anthony Nolan, says:

'It is a positive step forward that people are being reassessed in England, but there is a group of stem cell transplant patients not classed as clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) who may still be missing out.

'We hear from patients who have been shielding for nearly a year. They are concerned that they have not been prioritised for vaccination because although they have had a stem cell transplant, they still do not fall into the Government's priority list.

'Everybody who has received a stem cell transplant in the UK, regardless of how long it has been since they received treatment, must be prioritised for vaccination.'

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