Sixteen frontline charities have formed a partnership to encourage those with long-term health conditions and their carers to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Organisations including The British Heart Foundation, Macmillan Cancer Support and Mencap are joining with the government and NHS to promote vaccine uptake among those the charities support every day.
Since February 15, those in cohort 6, which covers individuals aged 16 to 64 with certain long-term conditions, have been receiving invites from their GP practice to come forward for vaccinations to protect them from Covid-19.
All people on the GP Learning Disability Register are also being prioritised as part of the latest phase of the vaccination programme.
In order to encourage as many people as possible within the group to take up the offer, the collective of frontline UK health charities are to utilise their existing, extensive networks to both encourage and reassure eligible people.
Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: “The incredible success of our vaccination programme has only been possible by working in partnership with the NHS, health and care professionals, local partners and our volunteers.
“Having the support of the charities who work every day to support the very people we are reaching out to in cohort 6 is a great boost for the rollout which continues to show what we can achieve when we pull together as one.
“Their help, encouragement and links with communities next in line for the jab will help make sure everyone can get access to the life-saving protection the vaccine provides and help protect those with underlying conditions and their carers.”
Minister for Vaccines, Nadhim Zahawi, added: “The vaccine is our way out of this pandemic and offers the chance to protect yourself and others – that’s why it’s vital that people get their jab when called to come forward.
“The rollout is a truly UK wide effort which is why having the support of these fantastic and trusted charities as we work to ensure everyone eligible gets their vaccine is so important.
“I would like to thank them all for backing this life-saving campaign and offering their expertise and assistance to support the largest medical deployment in British history.”