The UK’s coronavirus vaccine programme is well underway, with more than 18million people having received their jab.
But not everyone is eligible for the coronavirus vaccine currently – you have to be on the priority list.
The government is aiming for every adult in the UK to have been offered their first vaccine against Covid-19 by July 31.
And the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has put together a priority list which aims to make sure those who are at most risk from Covid-19 will be protected first.
The government expects the first phase of the vaccination programme to be over by April 15, meaning everyone aged over 50 will have been offered the jab – as well as those with underlying health conditions.
Most recently, GPs have been told to invite adults on the learning disabilities register to get the vaccine, as well as all those aged 16 to 64 with underlying health conditions.
But there are some health conditions that could put you higher on the priority list.
So what exactly are the health conditions which will put you into group six, meaning you’ll be on the priority list?
Full list of health conditions on coronavirus vaccine priority list
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If you have any of these conditions, you are eligible to be on the coronavirus vaccine priority list:
- a blood cancer (such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma)
- a heart problem
- a chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including bronchitis, emphysema or severe asthma
- a kidney disease
- a liver disease
- lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as HIV infection, steroid medication, chemotherapy or radiotherapy)
- rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or psoriasis
- have had an organ transplant
- had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
- a neurological or muscle wasting condition
- a severe or profound learning disability
- a problem with your spleen, example sickle cell disease, or you have had your spleen removed
- are seriously overweight (BMI of 40 and above)
- are severely mentally ill
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People with Down’s Syndrome are also classed as clinically extremely vulnerable, and will be contacted as part of phase one.
The government also confirmed that anyone on the the GP Learning Disability Register – as well as adults with other related conditions, including cerebral palsy – are eligible for vaccination as part of priority group six.
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