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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S5W-35523
Asked by: Alison Johnstone, Lothian, Scottish Green Party
Date lodged: 25 February 2021

Question

To ask the Scottish Government whether people living with HIV will be able to access the COVID-19 vaccine through their HIV clinic, as is the case in England and Wales.

Current status: Answered by Jeane Freeman on 24 March 2021


Answer

On 22 February, I announced that people with underlying health conditions and unpaid carers are beginning to receive coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations.

The first to be invited will be people who have conditions which are included on both the JCVI priority list group 6 and the flu vaccine list. Although there is some overlap, the two lists are not exactly the same.

JCVI priority group 6 includes people aged 16 to 64 with the following conditions:

  • a blood cancer (such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma)
  • diabetes
  • dementia
  • 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 (who may require long term immunosuppressive treatments)
  • who have had an organ transplant
  • have had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
  • a neurological or muscle wasting condition
  • a severe or profound learning disability
  • a problem with the spleen, such as sickle cell disease, or those who have had their spleen removed
  • have a BMI of above 40
  • are severely mentally ill

NHS Scotland Boards will use the delivery model which is most suitable for their local circumstances, whilst maintaining a COVID-19 safe environment, such as maintaining good infection prevention & control practices and appropriate physical distancing measures, and maximising efficiency