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Will funeral workers be prioritised for the vaccine?

After the NAFD and other members of the Deceased Management Advisory Group made extensive representations to the Cabinet Office, Public Health England/DHSC ( 31 December 2020) and the Scottish Government (1 January 2021) both categorised ‘Frontline funeral operatives and mortuary technicians / embalmers’ in the list of frontline healthcare staff for whom occupational immunisation with the COVID-19 vaccine is recommended.

England: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/948757/Greenbook_chapter_14a_v4.pdf

Scotland: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19—vaccine-letter-from-the-chief-medical-officer-updating-on-the-vaccination-programme—1-january-2021/#AnnexC

We are in discussions with the Government and local resilience forums/partnerships to understand how this will be rolled out and will brief funeral firms as soon as we are able to. We are also reaching out to the devolved administrations in Wales and Northern Ireland to confirm their position.

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