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Gender will not be considered when it comes to providing a Covid vaccine.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), which advises UK health departments on immunisation, has updated its 'interim advice' on how any vaccine for Covid-19 will be rolled out. Gender is totally disregarded. Beyond the understandable prioritisation of health care workers, targeting is almost entirely on the basis of age.
People will be offered the vaccine in the following order:
Will men be considered high or moderate risk adults? It appears not. Gender is not mentioned in the JCVI's section on 'risk groups' which focuses on ethnicity, deprivation and underlying conditions.
Indeed, the JCVI statement mentions men just once in its advice in the rather vague sentence: 'Male gender also appears to be associated with increased mortality from COVID-19.' The fact is that at any given age, men are twice as likely to die from Covid-19 than women. We must hope that any vaccine campaign will specifically target men even if it does not prioritise them.
It’s tough for men to ask for help but if you don’t ask when you need it, things generally only get worse. Especially during a major pandemic like Covid-19. So we’re asking.
Men appear more likely to get Covid-19 and far, far more likely to die from it. The Men's Health Forum are working hard pushing for more action on this from government, from health professionals and from all of us. Why are men more affected and what can we do about it? We need the data. We need the research. We need the action. Currently we're the only UK charity doing this - please help us.
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