Oldham homeless first in line for vaccine

By Mollie Rennie

Homeless people in Oldham are considered “extremely vulnerable” and are some of the first in line to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, along with the over 80s.

Four million doses of the vaccine have already been given across the UK. Now priority groups three and four are being called up, including the over 70s and clinically extremely vulnerable. Homeless people do not come under any of the nine priority groups.

Ms Heney, who has been homeless since Covid caused her financial troubles, said: “For me, I can’t believe it’s just happened. I’m excited and so happy that we have actually just had the Covid injection because it’s a big thing.”

GPs and Oldham council are insisting that homeless people “don’t get left behind”, and believe they are “setting an example for the rest of the country, and the rest of the world”.

Dr Zahid Chuahan said: “You don’t give up on people because they don’t have resources and they have not been privileged like me and you.

“It could be any one of us tomorrow.”

As the UK rolls out the next phases of the vaccine we will see if the rest of the country follows suit in vaccinating their homeless and vulnerable during this pandemic.