We're working with 15 other charities to help save lives through the vaccine roll out.
In England and Scotland people in group 6 (includes everyone with MS who's not in groups 1-5 and carers) have been receiving invites to come forward for COVID-19 vaccination.
We're joining charities like The British Heart Foundation, Macmillan Cancer Support and Mencap to work with the NHS to make sure people with underlying health conditions have the information they need to consider taking the vaccine.
This is the UK’s largest ever medical deployment. We're working with government, using the combined strength of our charity networks to reassure people about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine.
Which charities are supporting the campaign?
We're partnering with charities who support people with long-term conditions identified by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation as being at higher clinical risk from COVID-19.
That includes people with chronic respiratory, heart, kidney, liver disease and neurological conditions, including MS and epilepsy, vascular disease, diabetes mellitus, immunosuppression, asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen, morbid obesity, severe mental illness, as well as sickle cell, lupus and people on GP learning disability registers.
Charities who've signed up so far include:
- African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT)
- Asthma UK British Heart Foundation
- British Liver Trust
- British Lung Foundation
- Cancer Research UK
- Carers UK
- Diabetes UK
- Epilepsy Action
- Kidney Care
- UK Lupus UK
- MacMillan Cancer Support
- MS Society (us!)
- Sickle Cell Society
- Terrence Higgins Trust
Who's in vaccine priority group 6?
Everyone with MS who's not in groups 1-5 is in group 6.
It also includes carers eligible for a carer’s allowance and people who are the sole or primary carer of an elderly or disabled person at increased risk from COVID-19.
An important personal decision
Our Head of Policy Phil Anderson says “We know the decision to take any vaccine is a personal one. But by taking the coronavirus vaccine, we can help to keep ourselves and others safe.
“Based on what we know, there's no reason to believe the coronavirus vaccine is dangerous for people with MS. And it should provide important protection against this terrible virus. We encourage everyone with MS to strongly consider getting a coronavirus vaccine when it's offered."