Information about the COVID-19 Vaccine for people living with SMI

The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective. It is being offered to priority groups first, before being offered to all adults in the UK whether they are in a priority group or not.

Anyone aged over 70 should already have had or been offered their first vaccine dose.

Working age people (aged 16-64) with severe mental illness are included in Priority Group 6, which began on 15 February 2021 and is now in operation at the same time as everyone aged 65-69. Group 6 also includes people with some long-term physical illnesses and those with learning
disabilities.

You do not need to contact your GP yet, as you should be receiving a letter with the details on next steps when the vaccine is available in your area.

National guidance defines severe mental illness as including people “with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, or any mental illness that causes severe functional impairment”.

Find out what to expect at your COVID-19 vaccination, how you can get support and how you might feel after you have had your vaccination.

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