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Kidney Research UK joins charity Covid-19 vaccine drive for people with underlying health conditions

14 March 2021

Kidney Research UK has signed an open letter with health charities across the UK to encourage people with long-term health conditions and their carers to come forward for their Covid-19 vaccine.

Alongside others with certain medical conditions, people with chronic kidney disease have been prioritised for the jab as they are more likely to become seriously unwell from coronavirus.

Don’t wait for a letter

The Government is now urging people in the cohort six category to come forward for their jab and not to wait for their vaccine invitation letter.

Patients whhave not yet been contacted by their GP can get an appointment at a vaccination centre or community pharmacy by using the national booking system or calling 119.  

People can input their NHS number, which will identify whether they are eligible, according to their health records.

Our chief executive Sandra Currie said: "Sadly we know that people with kidney disease are more likely to develop severe illness and even die from Covid-19.

"The vaccine will offer protection for you and your community. We recommend that everyone has the vaccine as soon as they can.”

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Charity support is a great boost

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: “The support of the charities who work every day to help the very people we are reaching out to in cohort six is a great boost for the rollout which continues to show what we can achieve when we pull together as one.

“This open letter is a great way to reassure those with underlying health conditions, and their carers, of the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine.

“Their support and encouragement will help bring more people forward and literally save lives.”

If you have questions about the vaccine and kidney disease, visit our information page: The Covid-19 vaccines and kidney disease - Kidney Research UK

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