The British Liver Trust joins with other frontline charities to promote vaccine uptake

Posted on: 27th February 2021

The British Liver Trust are proud to support a campaign to promote the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine and encourage those with long term health conditions and their carers to get the Covid-19 vaccine.

We have joined with 15 frontline charities to support those included in priority vaccination categories, including cohort 6 which covers individuals aged 16 to 64 with certain long-term conditions identified by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation as being at higher clinical risk from Covid-19.

These conditions include liver disease, chronic respiratory, heart, kidney  and neurological conditions, including MS and epilepsy, vascular disease, diabetes mellitus, immunosuppression, asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen, morbid obesity, severe mental illness, as well as sickle cell, lupus and those on GP learning disability registers.

Since 15 February those in cohort 6 have been receiving invites from their GP practice to come forward for life saving vaccinations to protect them from Covid-19.

Working with the government on the UK’s largest ever medical deployment, the charities will use the combined strength of their networks to reassure people with long term health conditions about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine.

Chief Executive  Pamela Healy, British Liver Trust, said: “Misinformation about the Covid-19 vaccine spread online has been rife and our nurse-led helpline has been inundated with calls from patients who are concerned about the safety of the vaccine.

"People with a liver condition are among the highest risk groups when it comes to Covid-19 and the vaccine is the best form of protection for them against the virus.

“We therefore recommend that all liver disease patients should strongly consider vaccination with any of the available vaccines.”

For our latest vaccine information and updates, please go to: https://britishlivertrust.org.uk/update-for-people-with-liver-disease-on-the-covid-19-vaccine/

Full list of charities  supporting the campaign are the; African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust;  British Heart Foundation;  British Liver Trust; British Lung Foundation; Asthma UK; Carers UK; Diabetes UK; Epilepsy Action; Kidney Care UK; Lupus UK; MacMillan; Mencap; MS Society; Sickle Cell Society; and Terrence Higgins Trust.

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