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HDA UK Media and Political Bulletin – 17 June 2021

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NHS starts to offer Covid-19 jabs for 21 and 22 year olds
Pharmacy Business, Radhakrishna NS, 16 June 2021

Pharmacy Business reports that on 16th June 2021 the NHS started its registration process for around one million people aged 21 and 22 to get their coronavirus vaccine.

The national Covid-19 vaccination programme has entered the final phase of the first dose roll-out. The NHS confirmed that by the end of this week it is expected that all those aged 18 or over would be able to receive the vaccine.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “We’re almost at the final hurdle of offering lifesaving jabs to all UK adults, with both vaccines providing the fullest possible protection against symptoms, serious illness and hospitalisation from this awful virus and moving us a step closer to beating this pandemic.

BREAKING: COVID vaxes for pharmacists in care homes to be mandatory
Chemist and Druggist, Aleks Philips, 16 June 2021

The Chemist and Druggist reports that pharmacists who work in care homes, even on a part-time basis, will be required to have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccination under plans announced 16th June 2021.

The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) announced that from October, anyone working in a CQC-registered care home in England will be legally required to be immunised against Covid-19, unless they are medically exempt.

Northern Ireland’s Health Minister Robin Swann said that mandatory vaccines were “not necessary” in that country because vaccine uptake among care home workers was high enough already.

 

 Parliamentary Coverage

Northern Ireland Affairs Committee – 16 June 2021
Lord Frost CMG (Minister of State) and Mark Davies (Deputy Director, Transition Task Force Northern Ireland)

Lord Frost said that the Northern Ireland Protocol is unsatisfactory and discussed medicine and pharma amongst the trade issues between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.

Lord Frost stated that the UK has proposed various solutions to issues affecting trade and the movement of goods, and that UK negotiators are now waiting on a proposal from the EU, but nothing official has been received yet. He agreed that finding a balance between the protection of EU single market goods and NI integrity was crucial.

Lord Frost said that it is very important that medicines are available to everybody across the UK. He raised concerns about product withdrawals in Northern Ireland due to regulatory barriers, as was recently seen in the case of cancer drug Osimertinib. He said that the UK must be able to authorise medicines for the whole of the UK.

Medical Devices Consumer Protection
The Medical Devices (Northern Ireland Protocol) Regulations 2021 

The statutory instruments necessary for implementing the Medical Devices Directive in Northern Ireland have been put before Parliament.

 

Full Coverage

NHS starts to offer Covid-19 jabs for 21 and 22 year olds
Pharmacy Business, Radhakrishna NS, 16 June 2021

The NHS on Wednesday (June 16) started its registration process for around one million people aged 21 and 22 to get their coronavirus vaccine, as the national Covid vaccination programme entered the final phase of the first dose roll-out.

Some 972,000 texts will be sent out from today inviting the cohort to book in their jab via the National Booking System which will allow them to make appointments for both doses.

The NHS confirmed on Tuesday that by the end of this week it is expected that all those aged 18 or over would be able to get jabbed to protect themselves, their friends and their family.

Figures released this week show the NHS in England has now delivered over 60 million vaccinations, just six months after the programme launched when Margaret Keenan made history and became the first person in the world to be vaccinated with an approved vaccine.

Health secretary Matt Hancock said: “We’re almost at the final hurdle of offering lifesaving jabs to all UK adults, with both vaccines providing the fullest possible protection against symptoms, serious illness and hospitalisation from this awful virus and moving us a step closer to beating this pandemic.

“I urge everyone aged 21 and over to get your vaccines booked in as soon as possible to not only secure this extra defence for yourself, but to protect your loved ones too.”

It is only just over a week since the programme opened to all 25-29-year olds.

Over one million appointments were booked by people in their 20s in just one day last week showing the enthusiasm of younger adults to get vaccinated and protected from the virus.

“When invited, people will be able to book at one of the 1,600 Vaccination Centre, pharmacy or general practice sites across the country that are available through the national booking service. Vaccination centres are also available in convenient locations such as mosques, museums and rugby grounds,” the NHS has said.

Text invitations, which do not expire, appear as an alert from ‘NHS vaccine’ and include a web link to the NHS website to reserve an appointment.

BREAKING: COVID vaxes for pharmacists in care homes to be mandatory
Chemist and Druggist, Aleks Philips, 16 June 2021

Pharmacists who work in care homes, even on a part-time basis, will be required to have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccination under plans announced today (June 16).

From October, anyone working in a CQC-registered care home in England will be required by law to be immunised against COVID-19, unless they are medically exempt, following a 16-week grace period for health workers to receive both doses, the Department for Health and Social Care (DH) said.

This includes anyone who works in a care home full-time – such as care home pharmacists – as well as those who visit for occasional work, under new legislation that will be brought before parliament “at the earliest opportunity”.

The news follows a five-week DH consultation launched in April, which proposed changing the law to require care home providers to only “deploy” vaccinated professionals.

The DH also consulted on whether this policy should be “extended to include other professionals who visit the care home, for example NHS workers providing close personal care to people living in the care home”.

The original scope of the consultation proposed applying this only to care homes that look after patients aged 65 and over, but following the consultation the DH decided to extend this to all CQC-registered homes.

The DH said that a response to the consultation, which ended on May 26, will be published “in due course”.

‘Safeguarding’ care home residents

Health secretary Matt Hancock said: “We have a responsibility to do all we can to safeguard those receiving care including in the NHS and so will be consulting further on whether to extend to other health and social care workers.

“This is the right thing to do and a vitally important step to continue protecting care homes now and in the future. I’d urge anyone working in care homes to get their jab as soon as possible.”

However, Northern Ireland’s health minister Robin Swann said today that mandatory vaccines were “not necessary” in that country because vaccine uptake among care home workers was high enough already.

“We’re not in the place where we have to make vaccines compulsory at this minute in time,” Mr Swann told the BBC’s Good Morning Ulster.

HDA UK Media and Political Bulletin – 17 June 2021

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