Covid-19: Booster vaccine to be rolled out in autumn

The UK will roll out a covid-19 booster vaccine at the beginning of autumn in order to protect the most vulnerable ahead of winter, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced. As part of this, the government’s vaccines taskforce has secured an additional 60m doses of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine, which will … Continue reading Covid-19: Booster vaccine to be rolled out in autumn

Single Vaccine Dose Cuts Virus Transmission

Adults infected with covid-19 three weeks after receiving one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine were 38-49% less likely to pass the virus on to their household contacts than people who were unvaccinated, a preprint released by Public Health England has shown.1 The research looked at the proportion of household contacts who tested positive … Continue reading Single Vaccine Dose Cuts Virus Transmission

Coronavirus and the social impacts on Great Britain: 16 April 2021

The latest Government Coronavirus and the social impacts on Great Britain report is out. It is based on the Indicators from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey covering the periods 31 March to 4 April and 7 April to 11 April 2021 to understand the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on people, households and communities … Continue reading Coronavirus and the social impacts on Great Britain: 16 April 2021

Report, Unequal Impact? Coronavirus, disability and access to services

The Women and Equalities Committee published its Report Unequal Impact? Coronavirus, disability and access to services: full Report (HC 1050), on 22 December 2020. The Women and Equalities Committee is appointed by the House of Commons to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Government Equalities Office (GEO). The Report considered disabled people's access to … Continue reading Report, Unequal Impact? Coronavirus, disability and access to services

Report: Coronavirus and clinically extremely vulnerable people in England

Coronavirus and clinically extremely vulnerable people in England: 18 January to 30 January 2021. This is a Government report which offers analysis of clinically extremely vulnerable people in England during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including their behaviours and mental and physical well-being. The full report can be viewed here. Below are some of the main … Continue reading Report: Coronavirus and clinically extremely vulnerable people in England

Vaccination: Don’t Let Your Guard Down Too Soon!

Health services are observing a rise in Coronavirus infections in people shortly after they have received their first vaccination, suggesting that many people are letting their guard down before the vaccine has taken effect. Earlier this month a study led by Public Health England of vaccination in the over 70s found a “notable” rise in … Continue reading Vaccination: Don’t Let Your Guard Down Too Soon!

Department of Public Health Backs Vaccine Safety

I am worried that the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine isn’t safe as I’ve heard some countries are stopping using it – should I still have it? It's a question that's been concerning some people in recent days! Here's what the Department for Public Health has said to reassure those of us who are receiving the vaccine: … Continue reading Department of Public Health Backs Vaccine Safety

Obesity & Covid-19 – A Catalyst for Change

The evidence is clear that obesity is a risk factor for severe covid-19 disease and death. Writing on the BMJ website, Meera Senthilingam asks what this increased urgency has done to boost action against this other epidemic Studies in the United States have shown that having a BMI over 30—the threshold that defines obesity—increases the risk … Continue reading Obesity & Covid-19 – A Catalyst for Change

Vaccine Safety Data “Reassuring”

This article first appeared on the British Medical Journal website. The UK’s medicines regulator has described the first safety data related to covid-19 vaccines as “reassuring,” with most side effects reported being mild and in line with those seen with other types of vaccine. “The benefits continue to far outweigh the risks,” said June Raine, … Continue reading Vaccine Safety Data “Reassuring”