Government to reduce overprescribing of medicines

28 September 2021

The Government has accepted all recommendations of a review that has highlighted the impact of overprescribing of medicines and will take action to prevent medicines being prescribed unnecessarily in England.

CEV shielding programme formally closed

21 September 2021

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has agreed to end the requirement for Covid-19 shielding guidance for people previously considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV).

Temporary medical exemptions for Covid-19 jab for people working in care homes

21 September 2021

Director of Adult Social Care Delivery Claire Armstrong has written to local authorities, directors of adult social services, care home providers, care home managers and agencies to say people will be able to self-certify that they meet the medical exemption criteria for Covid-19 vaccination, on a temporary basis.

Winter plan for managing Covid

14 September 2021

We reported recently that parts of the Coronavirus Act 2020 were expected to be repealed as the Government prepared to set out its latest plan for dealing with Covid-19 (see Government outlines next steps in its Covid response).

JCVI recommends booster jabs for over 50s

14 September 2021

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has recommended booster jabs for over 50s and younger adults with health conditions, amid concern about waning immunity.

Update on rare Covid-19 vaccine side effects

14 September 2021

More detailed guidance for health professionals on some rare side effects associated with Covid-19 vaccines has been issued by Public Health England (PHE).