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Charities urge people with underlying conditions to take coronavirus vaccine

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Scores of charities have written an open letter to encourage people with underlying health conditions to come forward for a coronavirus vaccine.

The group includes carers as well as people with a range of underlying health conditions that put them at greater risk from coronavirus.

They include chronic respiratory, heart, kidney and liver disease and neurological conditions, immunosuppression, asplenia, diabetes, morbid obesity and severe mental illness.

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People with sickle cell disease, lupus and those on a GP learning disability register, as well as people who have vascular disease or have had a stroke are also included in group six.

The letter states: “We are writing today to encourage people living with an underlying health condition in cohort 6 to come forward for a Covid-19 vaccine.

“People with these conditions, including their carers and those with learning disabilities on the learning disability register, have been prioritised by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation because they are more likely to become seriously unwell from Covid-19.

“The vast majority of you should already have been invited for vaccination and more than half of you have already received your first dose. Some of you may still be waiting for a letter from your GP.

“But the good news is, even if you have not received your letter yet, you can now get an appointment at a vaccination centre or community pharmacy, quickly and easily, by using the national booking system or calling 119 in England.”

More than 23.6 million people have received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine in the UK, the latest Government figures showed.

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