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Covid19 Vaccine: Asthma Patients Off Priority Group 6 List

by InvisiblyMe
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The Covid19 vaccine drive in the UK has been going at breakneck speed, with the over 65s and clinically vulnerable aged 16 to 64 now due to be called up. These groups make up cohorts 5 and 6 on the priority list, which will complete the first chapter of the vaccination drive. However, it’s recently emerged that many asthma suffers will no longer be in the priority group 6 banding they were led to believe they’d be in.

Covid19 Vaccine Status In The UK 

The Covid19 vaccine drive in the UK has been going at breakneck speed, with over 15 million people given their first vaccination as of 14th February 2021. The over 65s (group 5) and clinically vulnerable aged 16 to 64 (group 6) are now due to be called up, which will complete the first chapter of the vaccination drive. However, it’s recently emerged that many asthma suffers will no longer be in the priority group 6 banding they were led to believe they’d be in. 

The first vaccination in the UK was given on December 8th 2020, but it wasn’t until the start of 2021 that the speed was really ramped up. This tallied with the government changing the dosage regimen of Pfizer and Oxford’s Astra Zeneca vaccinations, leaving people waiting 3 months to receive the second dose of their vaccine rather than the 21 days as was stipulated in the initial research. 

There are around 67 million people living in the UK. The government devised a list, one that has already been reworked since the beginning of the pandemic, to identify those who are at the greatest risk from coronavirus and need to shield. This list also indicates the order in which individuals can receive a vaccination. 

The government set a target to offer the first four priority groups a vaccination by February 15th. The government claims this has now been done, allowing groups 5 and 6 can now be called forward. 

Priority Groups For Covid19 Vaccinations

The JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation) have set out a list to indicate the order in which everyone in the UK will receive their first dose of a Covid19 vaccine. This is split into two phases, the first being the 9 priority groups deemed most at risk and the second being the remaining population.

  1. Care home residents & their carers (approx 800,000 people)
  2. People over 80 years, plus frontline health & social care workers (7.1 million)
  3. People aged 75 to 79 (2.3 million)
  4. People aged 70 to 74, plus those considered ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ (4.4 million)
  5. People aged 65 to 69 (2.9 million)
  6. People aged 16 to 64 at higher risk with underlying chronic health conditions (7.3 million)
  7. People aged 60 to 64 (1.8 million)
  8. People aged 55 to 59 (2.4 million)
  9. People aged 50 to 54 (2.8 million)

The above is phase one. The government’s goal is to offer a first vaccine dose to all 9 of these priority groups before May 2021. A full break down of the priority groups and who’s included can be found on the government website.

Phase 2 will see all other members of the public called forward, but there’s still debate as to what front line staff, including teachers, should be at the top of that list. 

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Clinically Extremely Vulnerable & Clinically Vulnerable 

The ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ group 4 has already caused controversy and confusion. At the start of the pandemic, some people were told to shield in error, while others were not told to shield at all despite being ‘extremely vulnerable’. When it comes to vaccinations, there’s a narrow criteria band for this group and only specific severe conditions are included, such as those who’ve had an organ transplant, are having chemotherapy for cancer, have blood/bone marrow cancer, have a severe lung condition, etc.

The ‘clinically vulnerable’ group 6 is for all individuals with underlying conditions that put them at greater risk of severe illness or death. This include the likes of those on immunosuppressants, those with conditions affecting the nerves or brain, lowered immunity, chronic liver or kidney disease, those with diabetes, heart disease or those with severe lung conditions like COPD, bronchitis, emphysema or severe asthma. 

Many Asthma Sufferers Are No Longer A Vaccine Priority 

It was originally indicated that those who are typically offered a flu vaccination for free on the NHS, which includes those with asthma of any severity, would be offered the vaccination in a priority group. Those with ‘non-severe’ asthma were considered to be at moderate risk from Covid and it was understood that individuals using a steroid inhaler would therefore be prioritised in group 6.

It now appears that only those with ‘severe asthma’ and lung conditions will be in group 6. It’s been found that the government has separately stated in the ‘Covid-19 green book’ that priority group asthmatics need to be on ‘regular systemic steroids’, meaning oral steroids for a number of months. Those with ‘well controlled’ or ‘non-severe’ asthma are no longer considered a priority for vaccination. 

While Asthma UK claims to have been asking for clarity from the government for quite some time on this issue many patients have taken to social media to state their feelings of having been ‘let down’ or ‘sold out’ by the charity for not fighting on their behalf. 

Those with non-severe asthma and lung conditions will now have to wait until after all 9 priority groups have been offered the vaccination, at which point they’ll be called up by age group. This could mean that a 30 year old with asthma is being vaccinated at the same time as a fit and healthy 30 year old athlete. 

A photo at the top of a blue Ventolin inhaler used by individuals with asthma and other breathing conditions.

My Thoughts On Covid19 Vaccine Priority Grouping

It’s my opinion – and this is only a personal opinion – is that the government realised they needed to reduce the group size in order to achieve it’s target of offering a vaccination to all those in the first 9 priority groups before May 2021. Group 6 is a substantial group, and by removing some patients, like those with mild/moderate asthma, the government is able to reduce it significantly.

It’s worth bearing in mind that while there’s now a 12 week gap between first and second doses, this current first-jab pace can’t be maintained forever as people will be needing their follow-up vaccinations. The government have prioritised speed and numbers since the vaccinations were first given the go-ahead. They’re intent on ‘beating’ other countries in the vaccine race by having the highest figures for vaccinations, hence also the reckless decision to delay the second dose. Glowing about how well the vaccinations are going might soften the blow from how the UK has one of the highest death rates.

I also feel that the stipulation for only those with ‘severe’ lung conditions and ‘severe’ asthma has slipped through the net so as to not cause a stir. It’s only now becoming more widely known about but sadly there doesn’t seem to be enough uproar from those with any authority to be able to challenge the situation.

I personally don’t have asthma. I have lung disease and damage (bronchiectasis, lung scarring and inflammation) and autoimmune disease. I’ve thankfully just been contacted to book my vaccination. I do, however, know what it’s like to not have simply, black-and-white diagnoses on my medical records. It’s worrying when a judgement call is being made on such medical records when they might not be correct, even if you’ve tried to ensure they are.

This is a kick in the face for many people who’ve been shielding and taking every precaution available to stay safe, protecting themselves, their families and others. It’s also frustrating to read stories in national news publications of certain individuals getting vaccinations recently without meeting the criteria for any of the 4 priority groups, as well as some services slowing significantly due to not being allowed to move on to the next group. 

What Can I Do?

If you want your voice heard, there’s a Change .org petition that can be signed and shared here. There’s also a new Parliamentary petition that can be signed here. You can also make others aware of the current situation by Tweeting about it and sharing authority news articles and the government guidance. This is so more people can be aware of the situation and be mindful that they may need to discuss their health condition with their doctor if they don’t get called up when they thought they would.

The government urges people not to contact their GP if they’ve not been called yet (unless they’re aged 70 or over), stating that individuals should wait to be contacted by the national vaccination service. However, the issue of underlying conditions for group 6 is not black and white and there is some degree of subjectivity here. Those in group 6 are being called from around February 15th and onwards. If you don’t hear anything in the next two weeks but are concerned about your health and needing a vaccination, then speak to your doctor

Many chronic illness patients are concerned about the prioritising of vaccinations. The staff pulling the data will be searching by keywords, and if you don’t have particular conditions or you don’t have them stated as a diagnosis on your medical record, then the concern is that such people may be overlooked. It’s not as simple as searching by date of birth to call people forward by age.

Some charities are providing template letters for patients to help them lobby their doctors. It’s worth searching charity websites and social media accounts for further support if you need it. Doctors do have some power to add patients at their discretion to the vaccination list, though not all GPs seem to be fully aware of this.

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Do you have a chronic underlying illness? Are you concerned about being missed off the priority groups?

(PS. I’m currently back & forth to the hospital for a sleep study I’m doing at home tonight and I may not be around much between Monday-Wednesday this week. I will catch up on comments, emails & reading other blogs as soon as I can).

Caz  ♥

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Liz February 15, 2021 - 7:51 pm

I have already heard about this a couple of days ago through seeing tweets in it. It doesn’t surprise me because I have asthma and if you remember on first lockdown, I was told to isolate myself because at risk. I didn’t want to and I continued with work. (When I wasn’t on furlough.) But lockdowns since, I have never been asked to isolate. (Not that I would have done.) So it hasn’t surprised me.

InvisiblyMe February 18, 2021 - 4:45 pm

I know things have changed since the very beginning; lists have been shortened, groups have been squeezed down because otherwise the government would have to be seen to be supporting too many people (in my opinion). It’s something I find impossible to justify in any way when you consider that Covid is first and foremost a respiratory virus. I hope you’re still in group 6, if you wish to be vaccinated. I thought it important to make people aware because it’s a complex area and doctors do have some discretion. xx

Svet Pavlovsky February 15, 2021 - 8:03 pm

It is interesting to read about the rollout of the vaccine in UK. And that at lest till now several millions have been vaccinated in UK. Hopefully it will reduce the spreading of the virus within the UK and the area. Here in Ontario we had very limited amount of available vaccine and even the doses that were available were administrated at a very slow pace. It is beyond frustrating the vaccine rollout here and not sure when the people (not health workers or long term residents) will start getting the vaccine. My hope is that the declines in numbers will be due to other countries getting their vaccine and limit the spread of the virus.

InvisiblyMe February 18, 2021 - 4:48 pm

It sounds good in theory what’s happening in the UK, it’s just not quite the same in reality. I am pleased so many have some (hopefully) protection with their first vaccination, but the number of people who’ve lost their lives here is absolutely devastating. I really do hope things speed up in Ontario. As you say it’s helpful when other countries are vaccinated too so with any luck the effects will ripple out. Fingers crossed speed picks up and more supplies are made available there ASAP, Svet ???? xx

Eddie February 15, 2021 - 8:27 pm

Hopefully as more of the vaccine is rolled out the spread and infection rate will reduce and get the country back on some form of normal ground. My partner is asthmatic and she recieved the first vaccine last month. This more so because of her nursing degree, being vaccinated for work placements which she is currently 2 weeks into.

InvisiblyMe February 18, 2021 - 5:18 pm

I’m glad your partner had her first dose at least for her work placements. As you say, the more people being vaccinated hopefully the better footing the whole country will be on. Fingers crossed..! ????

Sandee February 15, 2021 - 8:27 pm

Every country seems to have their own way of handling the vaccines. Hubby and I haven’t had a vaccine shot at all and aren’t planning on having the shot. Those that want and need it should have first shot at it. It’s interesting indeed.

Have a fabulous day, Caz. Big virtual hug. ♥

InvisiblyMe February 18, 2021 - 5:21 pm

It really does vary a lot between countries, though the 3 month wait rather than 21 days as stipulated in research does worry me. So are you and hubby not having one at all, or delaying it until a later date? Sending hugs, stay safe both of you and have a good rest of your week ???? xx

salsaworldtraveler February 15, 2021 - 9:20 pm

I hope you get vaccinated soon. The second dose made me very tired. I’ve been sleeping a lot the last two days but am glad I got both shots.

InvisiblyMe February 18, 2021 - 5:58 pm

I read your post about that and it’s interesting when you didn’t have any side-effects from the first dose. Hopefully you’ll be back to your usual safe soon if you’re not already. I’m glad you’ve had both doses and I really hope they can provide you with the best protection possible. Rest up ????

thelonelyauthorblog February 15, 2021 - 9:54 pm

I hope you get your vaccine soon.
Be well.

InvisiblyMe February 18, 2021 - 5:59 pm

I’ve already been invited, I just worry about so many who’ve been taken off the list or are patiently waiting believing they’re supposed to be called up, not realising that they may need to speak with their doctor. Stay safe, Drew. I’m looking forward to your next YouTube adventure!

Cheryl, Gulf Coast Poet February 15, 2021 - 11:42 pm

Good luck, Caz! Hope you get the vaccine soon. <3

InvisiblyMe February 18, 2021 - 6:02 pm

Thanks, Cheryl. I’ve been contacted about it recently, I just worry for all those still waiting and not realising they’re not on the list they thought they would be. Stay safe lovely xx

Hope found in M.E. February 16, 2021 - 12:32 am

Yes, it’s certainly a bizarre situation atm, Caz. I’m an ME sufferer with Asthma, but my husband keeps asking why he will be vaccinated first. Although as my carer it’s very important for him too. I am I suppose in the fortunate situation of being over 50. But it’s still bizarre to be homebound with a neurological condition & not being seen as any priority at all.

This vaccine almost lottery is causing a lot of people a lot of stress that’s for sure. Hopefully the charities can make some headway in lobbying on people’s behalf. And let’s hope it works in helping life open up again. Take care, Caz. Hope the sleep study is useful. Xxx

InvisiblyMe February 19, 2021 - 2:37 pm

Oh I’m sorry, Penny. It really does seem that there’s a lot of subjectivity here and a lot of things not quite adding up. Do you know when you might be due, which grouping you’ll fall under? I really hope both you and your husband get vaccinated as soon as possible. With any luck the vaccinations will work a little magic in making more people safer, lowering transmissions and starting to get the world back on track ???? In the mean time, both of you take care & stay safe xx

annieasksyou February 16, 2021 - 3:46 am

There seem to be few good news stories about rollouts, Caz. Great frustration and stress. You’re doing a real service by encouraging people to get in touch with the govt and apply pressure. Hope you get your vaccination ASAP.

InvisiblyMe February 19, 2021 - 2:40 pm

Thanks, Annie. I’ve had my first one this morning actually (after quite a bit of palaver because I’ve had an allergic reaction to an IV medication previously, which is apparently a contra-indication I had no idea about). It worries me that many people will be waiting patiently believing they’ll be called up soon, totally unaware that they’re no longer on the list. We’re told not to speak to our doctors, and yet that’s what many people will end up needing to do if they feel they want and need the vaccination because they’re in a priority group that they’ve since been taken off from. Thanks for the comment, Annie. You’re sure right about the great frustration & stress in all these stories about the rollouts! xx

AnxietyAnswered February 16, 2021 - 3:18 pm

I never thought about it before, but I think you’re right that they removed asthmatics in order to meet their target. My mum is CEV and has had her first vaccine which is a big relief! Hope you get yours soon too.

InvisiblyMe February 19, 2021 - 2:41 pm

It’s only my opinion about meeting their target, but I think it’s a logical explanation. It sounds cynical and yet the government have messed up and screwed people over every step of the way because of not valuing human life above anything else. I’m so glad your mum has had her first vaccination, that’s great. I hope the second gives her the very best protection possible! I hope you get yours when it’s due too ????

AnxietyAnswered February 20, 2021 - 4:40 pm

I think our government have behaved apallingly. Thank you! I’m glad you’ve been able to book yours in, must be such a relief! <3

vincenza63 February 16, 2021 - 5:07 pm

In my here in Milan, Italy, we ha NO TRACE of vaccine. The only thing they’re doing is booking vaccines for people over 80. For people with disability and/or chronic illnesses NOTHING!
Wish you all the best!

InvisiblyMe February 19, 2021 - 2:43 pm

I’m sorry, Vicky, that’s awful. I’ve read about the issues there, and I believe they’re considering legal action against the vaccine companies for what’s been happening, is that right? I really do hope they get the supplies to Italy ASAP so that the rollout can properly begin and that all the elderly, disabled and vulnerable get their vaccination as quickly and safely as possible ????

Animalcouriers February 16, 2021 - 6:24 pm

It does seem to be smoke and mirrors. Second jab has got to catch up soon or will leave some vulnerable.

InvisiblyMe February 19, 2021 - 2:46 pm

Lots of smoke and mirrors, and so much we’re kept in the dark about. It’s worrying, especially when patients seem to have no control or say in what’s happening. It’s important that more people know that doctors do have some ability to add patients onto priority lists at their discretion if they’ve been incorrectly missed off, but at the moment I think a lot of people will be patiently waiting for something that isn’t coming for a long time yet. You’re absolutely right about those second doses, too. I don’t know how they got away with taking 21 days to 3 months, I really don’t. Stay safe & I hope things go as smoothly as possible with the post-Brexit animal transport this month as I know that’ll be no picnic either. x

Despite Pain February 16, 2021 - 6:49 pm

First of all, I am glad you have been contacted about getting your vaccine.

Why does it not surprise me that they’re taking some vulnerable people from group 6? I totally agree with your reasoning, Caz. They have targets and can’t meet them, so “let’s see who we can score off the list.”

Coeliac is also in group 6. I just heard today of someone’s GP saying that their practice had decided not to include coeliac, so she would have to wait for her age group. Others are getting notified to get the vaccine, so it seems to be that some individual health authorities are making their own rules.

Up here, in Scotland, we are having to slow down (after being criticised for going too slow, we got faster, now we’re too fast lol) because there’s an unexpected delay in getting supplies of the Pfizer vaccine in the UK. I am trying to be very patient….

InvisiblyMe February 19, 2021 - 10:44 pm

It makes a sad, sick kind of sense, doesn’t it? It’s obviously only my opinion, but it adds up when there’s been so much pushing of these ‘targets’. The UK simply wants the most numbers so the government can say they excelled at something other than simply having the highest death rate.

That’s awful about different areas acknowledging or scrubbing certain conditions from the list. I know there’ll be a lot of grey areas and subjectivity, but wow, it’s harder to justify wiping out a whole condition. I’m not sure what’s happening with the supplies up your neck of the woods, Liz, but I hope deliveries of them speed up so vaccinations can be smoothly upped again. I hope you don’t have too much longer to wait. I’ll keep my fingers crossed you hear soon! xx

Despite Pain February 20, 2021 - 4:41 pm

I thought I’d be waiting a good bit longer, but I got a letter in the post yesterday with an appointment for the 1st of March. Not long at all. My area seems to be doing pretty well. It does seem a bit of a postcode lottery.

chronicmom February 16, 2021 - 8:17 pm

It’s interesting to see how different governments are reacting to all this, and how they’re prioritizing differently. I’d be concerned if I were an adult asthmatic being moved to my corresponding age group. Being high risk during this pandemic has just been so traumatizing for everyone.

InvisiblyMe February 19, 2021 - 10:50 pm

It is interesting to see, and so worrying in certain cases, too. It’s always heartening when you hear a couple of countries seem to be doing really well with lower infection and death rates. There’s hope, there’s a little light at the end of an awful Covid-y tunnel. You’re right, an incredibly traumatic time. Stay safe lovely & I hope you have a restful weekend ahead  ♥ xx

Ann Coleman February 16, 2021 - 11:14 pm

In my area, we’re currently in Phases 1 B, tier 2, or something like that, which basically means they’ve opened it up to those over 65, and those under 65 with diabetes, cancer, and other chronic illnesses. They’ve mostly completed the health care workers, and have done at least one dose of most people in care facilities. (My mom gets her second shot this Saturday.) I’m surprised they’ve decided to wait three months for the second dose in the UK. Is there new evidence that it works that way? We’re still on the three week wait for the Pfizer vaccine, and four week wait for the Moderna one.

InvisiblyMe February 20, 2021 - 12:29 pm

It’s the same here with those over 65s, plus under 65 with underlying conditions that put them at greater risk. I’m glad most healthcare workers and those in care facilities have had one vaccination in your area too. I’m glad your mum didn’t have to wait 3 months for her second dose, which is something there isn’t data or research on. They’ve not had the time, literally a third month period, to be able to even research it. I hope it goes well for her today and that she gets minimal side effects but the very best protection possible! ???????? xx

Ann Coleman February 21, 2021 - 3:18 am

Thanks! She got it today, and feels fine so far. Most of the health care workers here have had their second doses, but not all. The few that I know personally said they also didn’t have any side effects from the second dose, thankfully. Take care!

Louise Brady, Author February 17, 2021 - 8:31 am

People with Asthma should definitely be prioritised over the healthy population. My sister isolated for 12 weeks at the start of the pandemic and has been working from home since last year, but I don’t think she’s being offered a jab soon.

I hope you’re able to get your vaccine soon, and you’ve been doing okay 🙂

InvisiblyMe February 20, 2021 - 3:48 pm

I’m sorry about your sister. It’s awful because so many are still under the impression they’re in group 6, patiently waiting for an invitation that won’t be happening any time soon. It was said previously that those typically offered the flu jab would be prioritised, and it makes sense for those with asthma to get the Covid jab as it’s first and foremost a respiratory virus. It’s worth her speaking to her GP if she wants to see if she’s on/can be put back on the priority list. In the mean time I hope both of you stay as safe & well as possible  ♥ xx

Toni February 17, 2021 - 10:21 am

Is soon as the government announced they were delaying the 2nd jab I’ve had a feeling that when it came round to us they would find an excuse. So after a year of being clinically vulnerable and maintaining strict social distancing I’m now tickety boo and at no greater risk than any other person…lies lies and more lies is the way this bunch of crooks in government have handled the whole thing.

InvisiblyMe February 20, 2021 - 3:51 pm

I’m so sorry, Toni. It’s the same way I feel. It’s disgusting, isn’t it? Those who’ve shielded, who’ve put their lives on hold and struggled and done everything physically possible to keep themselves, their loved ones and everyone else safe, have been let down yet again. The kicker is being told not to speak to our GPs about the vaccination, and yet they do have some discretion when it comes to vulnerable groups because it’s not a black and white situation. I personally do think it’s worth speaking to your GP if you’re concerned and want to be put back on the priority group 6. Just when you think the situation can’t be handled any worse by a government who doesn’t care about its people… x

Johnny Jones February 17, 2021 - 10:53 pm

I keep reading about changes on who should be getting a vaccine and who shouldn’t. Wish there was a universal concensus rather than do many differences. Does it not all come down to money rather than human lives?

Johnny Jones February 17, 2021 - 10:55 pm

My spelling mistake sorry – ‘do many differences’ should read too many. sorry.
Sorry Caz, I forgot to wish you well and hope you get your vaccine very soon. Stay safe

InvisiblyMe February 20, 2021 - 3:53 pm

Thanks, Johnny. I agree – it would be good for more consensus, especially when things seem to vary even within one country between different areas. There’s a lot of querying over how some people are getting the vaccine without falling into a priority group or are younger than the ages currently being called, which smacks of unfairness across the board. I sadly agree that everything from the beginning of this pandemic has come down to money. Money and politics before human lives, and it’s heartbreaking. You stay as safe and well as possible too, and thank you for the comment ???? x

Superduque February 17, 2021 - 11:42 pm

Vaccine could be death…

InvisiblyMe February 20, 2021 - 3:56 pm

Do you not trust the vaccines? The reports of severe side-effects are very low. My elderly parents had theirs two weeks ago and are, thankfully, fine, as are the vast majority of people having them thus far, which is reassuring.

Michelle February 18, 2021 - 2:25 pm

I hope you’re able to get your vaccine soon. This information is really interesting to read. My daughter has asthma and I’m so scared of her catching this virus. Stay safe and healthy! Hugs!

InvisiblyMe February 20, 2021 - 3:59 pm

I’m sorry about your daughter, Michelle. It’s a very worrying time to be elderly or have any kind of underlying condition. Do you know when she might be eligible for a vaccination? I hope she gets it soon, and that the second is done in 21 days rather than 3 months. Stay safe both of you ???? xxxx

Christy B February 18, 2021 - 10:01 pm

I was shocked when I first read what was happening on your Instagram post. I signed the petition and shared to Twitter. Thanks for bringing awareness to this!

InvisiblyMe February 20, 2021 - 4:02 pm

Thank you very much, Christy, I really appreciate it. It’s awful knowing how people are being treated during this pandemic. I know it’s awful in many countries, but it’s a kick in the face when you know things can and should be better, if it weren’t for those with too much power putting money and politics before human life. I wanted to make people aware they may no longer be on the list but that doctors do have some degree of discretion when adding people to the list. Thanks lovely xx

Nisha February 18, 2021 - 11:00 pm

It would be good if the astmatic people can get it as well along with the other high risk folks. Thanks for sharing this important information .

InvisiblyMe February 20, 2021 - 4:06 pm

I totally agree. It seems odd when Covid is first and foremost a respiratory virus, doesn’t it? Thanks, Nisha. I hope you have a lovely weekend ???? x

The Oceanside Animals February 19, 2021 - 5:08 pm

Lulu: “We’re glad to hear that your vaccination appointment is booked!”
Charlee: “The vaccination rollout has been pretty slow and confusing here, too!”
Chaplin: “In some states they are giving priority to people with certain conditions, but not here in California.”
Lulu: “Mama and Dada signed up to be contacted when they are eligible for vaccinations but they figure it’s going to be a while before they are.”
Charlee: “I guess that means they get to spend more time here at home with us, like they’ve been doing for the past year or so …”

InvisiblyMe February 20, 2021 - 4:10 pm

Oh dear, what’s happening in California then? I’ll have to investigate as it’s gets muchos confusing when everywhere seems to be approaching the roll-out differently. I hope Mama & Dada get contacted soon for their vaccinations – don’t worry furry friends, they’ll still be spending lots of time at home because someone needs to make sure you’re not getting into trouble! ????x

James Viscosi February 20, 2021 - 6:22 pm

California is pretty much going by occupation (essential/health care workers) and age and that’s it. We’re hoping supplies loosen up and we can get vaccinated by spring, maybe. At least, back in New York, my parents and aunt have all had at least one jab, so they are at least partially protected!

SpookyMrsGreen February 21, 2021 - 1:38 pm

I’m beginning to think it is a postcode lottery for the vaccine. My 63 year-old mum has asthma and fibromyalgia, has been disabled for the past 12 years, and has a weak immune system. She was not told to shied last year and didn’t even have her 3-monthly health check with the GP until she queried a text message she received asking her to complete a questionnaire about her asthma a couple of weeks ago.

I am very angry that the doctors never even checked in with her for over twelve months despite her health history. She is still waiting for her vaccine, and yet I have a 38 year-old friend with asthma who recently had her vaccine in the nearby city. My dad has just been given an appointment for his vaccine, again in the city area. My mum lives in Staffordshire Moorlands. Here in Middlewich they seem to be moving fast and have already vaccinated my in-laws who are early to mid-60s. Maybe there are more old people in my mums’ town?!


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