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Written Question
Coronavirus: Vaccination
1 Dec 2021

Questioner: Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi (LAB - Slough)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of covid-19 vaccine doses that his Department will have donated to COVAX by the end of January 2022.

Answered by George Freeman

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.


Written Question
Coronavirus: Vaccination
1 Dec 2021

Questioner: Tony Lloyd (LAB - Rochdale)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what proposal in respect of a time limited waiver on covid-19 vaccine manufacture the Government plans to support at the forthcoming WTO TRIPS meeting.

Answered by Penny Mordaunt

I refer the Hon. Gentleman for Rochdale to the answer given to the Hon.Gentleman for Sefton Central on 23 November to Question UIN: 77440.


Written Question
Coronavirus: Vaccination
1 Dec 2021

Questioner: Lord Mendelsohn (LAB - Life peer)

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to test people with immunodeficiencies for their individual responses to COVID-19 vaccinations.

Answered by Lord Kamall

The UK Health Security Agency is working with a range of partners, such as the University College of London, to monitor the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccinations in clinical risk groups, including those with immunosuppression. The VirusWatch study is underway to monitor antibody response following vaccination among individuals with immunosuppression.

As part of the COVID-19 Immunity National Core Study, the UK Research and Innovation OCTAVE study is examining the effectiveness of vaccines in clinically at-risk groups. This includes vaccine responses in patients with certain immunosuppressed conditions.


Written Question
Coronavirus: Vaccination
1 Dec 2021

Questioner: Lord Taylor of Warwick (Non-affiliated - Life peer)

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide COVID-19 vaccines with a longer expiry date to poorer nations to ensure they can be used.

Answered by Lord Callanan

The Vaccine Task Force is working closely with vaccine suppliers, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and international partners such as COVAX and UNICEF to allocate vaccines according to need, facilitate the rapid delivery of doses and maximise the shelf life available to recipients.

Our approach to the 20m recently announced for donation via COVAX at the G20 in October was also previously laid out in the answer given by my Hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State to the Hon. Member for Oxford West and Abingdon on 9th November 2021 to Question 69687.


Written Question
Department of Health and Social Care: Written Questions
30 Nov 2021

Questioner: Stella Creasy (LAB - Walthamstow)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to Question 44335, tabled on 7 September 2021, and Question 60402, tabled on 21 October 2021, on Coronavirus: Vaccination, by the hon. Member for Walthamstow, for what reason his Department has not been able to provide a substantive response to those Questions within the required timeframes; and when he plans to provide a substantive response to those Questions.

Answered by Edward Argar

The Department of Health and Social Care has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.


Written Question
Coronavirus: Vaccination
30 Nov 2021

Questioner: Clive Betts (LAB - Sheffield South East)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of people with a compromised immune system (a) who are eligible for a third dose of the covid-19 vaccine, (b) who are eligible and have been contacted regarding the third dose and (c) who have been contacted and have received the third dose; and how many of those in (a), (b) and (c) have blood cancer.

Answered by Maggie Throup

The Department of Health and Social Care has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.


Written Question
Coronavirus: Vaccination
29 Nov 2021

Questioner: Matt Vickers (CON - Stockton South)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to support those with severe trypanophobia accessing the covid-19 vaccine; and what steps he is taking to support exemptions for that group.

Answered by Maggie Throup

COVID-19 vaccinators have received appropriate training to make sure individuals attending a vaccination appointment feel safe. NHS England and NHS Improvement recommend that individuals with a needle phobia contact the vaccination centre prior to attendance, to determine what mitigations they have for such patients and if any special arrangements could be made to help the recipient feel more comfortable.

Individuals can apply for a medical exemption by calling the NHS COVID Pass service on 119. The possible reasons for exemptions are limited, such as severe allergies to all currently available vaccines. Clinical judgement will then be used to determine whether an individual is exempt from vaccination or not.


Written Question
Coronavirus: Vaccination
29 Nov 2021

Questioner: Julian Sturdy (CON - York Outer)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will review the decision not to use the free flu jab list as the basis for determining the eligibility of asthmatics for inclusion on the covid-19 booster priority list.

Answered by Maggie Throup

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation’s advice on the eligibility of asthmatics for the COVID-19 booster vaccine programme is kept under continuous review, based on any new advice from the British Thoracic Society.


Written Question
Coronavirus: Vaccination
29 Nov 2021

Questioner: Sharon Hodgson (LAB - Washington and Sunderland West)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether people who have received their covid-19 booster jab, and who are not travelling abroad, will be able to display their vaccination records in the NHS app.

Answered by Maggie Throup

Individuals can now demonstrate their booster vaccinations using the NHS COVID Pass via the NHS App and NHS.UK for international travel. Booster and third doses are not used to generate the NHS COVID Pass as it is not required for domestic certification.


Written Question
Coronavirus: Vaccination
29 Nov 2021

Questioner: Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi (LAB - Slough)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, by what date she expects the UK to have donated to developing countries half of the 100 million doses of covid-19 vaccine that it has committed.

Answered by Wendy Morton

At the G20 in October the Prime Minister set out UK plans to donate an initial 70 million COVID vaccine doses. To date, 10.8 million doses have been delivered to recipients, 11 million are with COVAX and in the process of being allocated and delivered, and a further 9 million will be delivered to COVAX in the coming weeks direct from Astra Zeneca. In 2022, all of the 20 million Janssen vaccines that the UK has ordered will be donated as will most of the remainder of the UK's supply of AstraZeneca, as soon they come off the production line. This will mean that over half of the UK's total order of AstraZeneca will be donated to developing countries.


Written Question
Coronavirus and Influenza: Vaccination
29 Nov 2021

Questioner: Rachael Maskell (LAB - York Central)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to help increase the predictability of the timetable of deliveries of (a) covid-19 and (b) flu vaccines to local vaccination centres.

Answered by Maggie Throup

Information on COVID-19 vaccine deliveries is available to local vaccination sites through internal systems. Local providers are responsible for purchasing flu vaccines directly from manufacturers or wholesalers. The Department works closely with flu vaccine manufacturers to understand the timetable of deliveries to the system. Deliveries are phased and typically take place from September to November.


Written Question
Coronavirus: Vaccination
29 Nov 2021

Questioner: Hilary Benn (LAB - Leeds Central)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to allow people who have a religious objection to being vaccinated against covid-19 to obtain a Covid pass; and if he will make a statement.

Answered by Maggie Throup

There are no plans to allow people with religious objections to obtain a NHS COVID Pass. The possible reasons for exemptions from vaccination are limited and apply to medical conditions. If an individual is not fully vaccinated, they can currently obtain a NHS COVID Pass for domestic use with proof of a negative lateral flow test, or proof of recovery within the last six months.


Written Question
Coronavirus: Vaccination
29 Nov 2021

Questioner: Holly Lynch (LAB - Halifax)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 18 November 2021 to Question 73966 on Travel: Coronavirus, what his timescale is for ensuring that a NHS COVID Pass is available for fully vaccinated 12 to 15 year olds.

Answered by Maggie Throup

We are looking at ways to provide fully vaccinated 12 to 15 year olds with a travel NHS COVID Pass. This will be available shortly, initially via a NHS COVID Pass travel letter. Further information will be made available in due course.


Written Question
Coronavirus: Vaccination
29 Nov 2021

Questioner: Catherine West (LAB - Hornsey and Wood Green)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 8 November 2021 to Question 67098 on Coronavirus: Vaccination, what his timescale is for assessing how booster vaccination records can be incorporated into the NHS COVID Travel Pass.

Answered by Maggie Throup

Work to assess the need to include boosters in the NHS COVID Pass is ongoing and we will provide a further update in due course.


Written Question
Coronavirus: Vaccination
29 Nov 2021

Questioner: Rupa Huq (LAB - Ealing Central and Acton)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, from what date a covid-19 booster vaccination will become a mandatory part of being considered fully vaccinated.

Answered by Maggie Throup

Work to assess the need to include boosters in the NHS COVID Pass is ongoing and we will provide a further update in due course.