Homeless people and those living in shelters are now being prioritised for COVID jabs in a pioneering new scheme from Oldham Council.
The Department of Health initially placed people over the age of 80, care home workers, and health and social care workers in the top priority band, but Oldham Council and local GPs insisted on the homeless also being prioritised.
They argued that homeless people and the elderly are most at risk of contracting the virus.
Homeless couple Lee Ullha, 46, and Kelly Heney, 38, were the first to be administered the vaccine, reported Big Issue. Outreach service Street Angels reached out to the pair after they had been living for months in a tent at a local park, and brought them into the shelter to receive the jab."
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