England officially went into its third national lockdown on 5 Jan due to rising COVID-19 cases and an increased strain on the NHS. But it's not all bad news thanks to the successful first rollout of the coronavirus vaccine. In the first week of February, it's been reported that nearly 10 million people in the UK have now received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, which is incredibly positive news. However, for those suffering from asthma, a lung condition that can cause symptoms including coughing, wheezing, breathlessness, and chest tightness, uncertainty may remain as to when you'll be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine and in which priority group. Here's everything we know so far.
What Are the COVID-19 Vaccine Priority Groups?
Before diving into the specifics, let's recap what the COVID-19 vaccine priority groups are. So far, there are 10 groups (however, these are constantly adapting to the ever-changing nature of the pandemic), starting first with care home residents, those 80 and over, and frontline healthcare and social-care workers.
Priority group four is where those "clinically extremely vulnerable individuals" – those who have been shielding this entire pandemic - qualify. Group six is where those aged 16-64 with "underlying health conditions which put them at high risk of serious disease and mortality" will be offered the vaccine. Finally, group 10 is where the rest of the population will be offered the vaccine, however, there's no announced plan for rolling the vaccine out to the rest of the population. Below are all of the priority vaccination groups, according to GOV.UK
Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
All those 80 years of age and over and frontline healthcare and social-care workers
All those 75 years of age and over
All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
All those 65 years of age and over
All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
All those 60 years of age and over
All those 55 years of age and over
All those 50 years of age and over
Rest of the population (priority to be determined)