Additional cohort of patients identified at increased risk from COVID-19

The Government has announced a new predictive risk model to identify adults who may be at increased risk from Covid-19. The research, led by the University of Oxford following a commission from the Chief Medical Officer, combines a number of characteristics such as age, sex, ethnicity, body mass index (BMI) and clinical conditions to estimate the risk of serious outcomes from COVID-19.

Patients will be informed by letter sent centrally by the NHS and DHSC over the next few days. A letter has been sent to GPs which sets out the implication that this has for these patients, including how they should be prioritised for vaccination and noting that they will be added to the Shielded Patient List as a precaution. High risk flags are expected to appear against these patients on GP IT systems in the next few days, using the standard high risk coding.