The authorities in the UK have decided to vaccinate obese people first against the coronavirus because they are at higher risk of contracting the disease.
Public Health England has released a booklet on who will be given the corona virus vaccine in the UK on a priority basis.
The Corona vaccine will be given on a priority basis to people between the ages of 18 and 65 who have a body mass index (BMI) above 60, according to Public Health England guidelines.
Obese people are more likely to be infected with the corona virus, while obese people are twice as likely to die from the corona, health experts say.
Vaccines have been developed by the American company Pfizer, the biotech company Moderna and the University of Oxford to eradicate the global coronavirus.
Official advice says ‘at-risk’ adults should be prioritised for any coronavirus vaccines, ahead of those under 65 who are not in this category, the Sun reports.
This group includes younger people who are morbidly obese and people with poorly-controlled diabetes.
The current draft priority list – subject to confirmation from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) will see care home residents and staff innoculated first in the following list of priority:
- older adults’ resident in a care home and care home workers
- all those 80 years of age and over and health and social care workers
- all those 75 years of age and over
- all those 70 years of age and over
- all those 65 years of age and over
- high-risk adults under 65 years of age
- moderate-risk adults under 65 years of age
- all those 60 years of age and over
- all those 55 years of age and over
- all those 50 years of age and over
- rest of the population (priority to be determined)
The high risk adults in sixth place aged 18 to 65 are in a list of groups including:
- solid organ transplant recipients
- haematological cancers
- certain neurological conditions
- chronic kidney disease
- poorly controlled diabetes
- chronic pulmonary disease
- obesity (BMI greater than 40)
- liver disease