The UK Government’s Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock MP, made a statement on Coronavirus on 18 June, which provided a promising up-date on progress towards testing and manufacturing a vaccine. He confirmed that the recommended priority groups for vaccination will be: frontline health and social care workers, and those at increased risk of serious disease and death from Coronavirus, including, for example, adults over the age of 50 and those with heart and kidney disease.
Judith Stone, Managing Director of Kidney Wales, said:
“this is very encouraging news for kidney patients, many of whom are feeling the strain of shielding measures and are having to make difficult decisions about returning to work and school. Until there is a vaccine or an effective treatment, the only thing we can do is to avoid getting Coronavirus. For the time being, the priority remains to prevent transplanted patients, older patients, and older transplanted patients from picking up the virus”.