Kidney Care UK has today joined 12 charities and 11 parliamentarians, to call on the government to do more to support the needs of half a million immunosuppressed people in the UK.
Data from the Office of National Statics shows that 13% of people who died from Covid-19 despite being fully vaccinated were immunocompromised. Further, data from the OCTAVE trial has shown that 40% of people who are immunocompromised had lower antibody protection than healthy people following Covid-19 vaccination. There remains a real and significant risk to some immunocompromised people; which includes 30-50,000 kidney patients. For this group, the pandemic is not over.
The UK Government has already acknowledged that the coming winter period will be challenging with respect to Covid-19 caseloads. We believe that urgent action must be taken before the situation begins to worsen. This opportunity comes at a critical time for both governments and patient charities, where we must work together to ensure support is co-ordinated for those most susceptible to Covid-19 and least protected by the vaccine.
Fiona Loud, Policy Director at Kidney Care UK, said: "Recent experiences with access to further vaccine dose and treatments show very clearly the need for ownership of policies, treatments and communications. A national lead in government would provide some reassurance that immunosuppressed people are not being forgotten. We hope that government will listen to the needs of the people who have been so deeply impacted by the pandemic."
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