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Both COVID Vaccines within 21-28 days for NHS and Social care workers.

Submitted on Saturday 9th January 2021

Rejected on Monday 11th January 2021

Current status: Rejected

Rejection code: irrelevant (see below for details)

Petition Action

Both COVID Vaccines within 21-28 days for NHS and Social care workers.

Petition Details

Fully protect Front facing NHS and social care staff from COVID 19.

Additional Information

Being among the highest risk category, and at the greatest level of exposure. NHS staff are now expected to continue to care for patients and deliver a mass vaccination programme.
Under these circumstances, They are offered only 1 dose of the vaccine for around 53% protection. No data is published or available to suggest what level of protection is expected between the first and second dose with a 12 week gap. This demographic needs FULL protection. Even if the one dose offers “some” protection, they may still have illness and time off as a result. This would leave the NHS struggling yet again due to staffing levels.
They need full protection 2 doses 21-28 days apart as per trail, so they can continue protecting the health of the nation.

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This petition was rejected

The Government e-Petitions Team gave the following reason:

We can only accept petitions about things the Government or House of Commons are directly responsible for, and decisions about approval of vaccines and the administration of these is a matter for various public health agencies, not the Government or House of Commons.

We have published the following petition calling for a related action, which you might like to sign:

Ban vaccines being administered in a manner not fully tested in clinical trials: petition.parliament.uk/petitions/566116

The delays to receiving the second dose of a Covid-19 vaccine has been implemented by the NHS following advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), which advises UK health departments on immunisation, which has also been supported by the UK's four Chief Medical Officers. Their new advice and the changes to the Covid-19 vaccination programme are consistent with the temporary authorisations granted for these vaccines by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.

The JCVI, Chief Medical Officers, MHRA and NHS England are all independent and operationally independent of the UK Government, so we cannot accept petitions calling for actions that these bodies are responsible for.

You can read the JCVI's advice on optimising the COVID-19 vaccination programme for maximum short-term impact here: www.gov.uk/government/publications/prioritising-the-first-covid-19-vaccine-dose-jcvi-statement/optimising-the-covid-19-vaccination-programme-for-maximum-short-term-impact

You can read the statement from the UK Chief Medical Officers on the prioritisation of first doses of COVID-19 vaccines here: www.gov.uk/government/news/statement-from-the-uk-chief-medical-officers-on-the-prioritisation-of-first-doses-of-covid-19-vaccines

You can read the MHRA's conditions of Authorisation for Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine here: www.gov.uk/government/publications/regulatory-approval-of-pfizer-biontech-vaccine-for-covid-19/conditions-of-authorisation-for-pfizerbiontech-covid-19-vaccine

You can read the MHRA's conditions of Authorisation for COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca here: www.gov.uk/government/publications/regulatory-approval-of-covid-19-vaccine-astrazeneca/conditions-of-authorisation-for-covid-19-vaccine-astrazeneca

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