People with epilepsy are included in priority group 6 of the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out, Epilepsy Action has confirmed.
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Epilepsy Action and Epilepsy Research UK are jointly funding a new research project comparing remote and face-to-face seizure clinic consultations.
People with epilepsy should be included in the clinical risk group of people who should receive the COVID-19 vaccine early, according to provisional guidance from the government’s Green Book.
There is a slightly increased risk of hospital admission and death from COVID-19 in people with epilepsy, according to a new study in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).
The research, published in October 2020, looked at risk factors for hospital admissions and death from COVID-19 in 6.08 million adults across England. The data were collected between 24 January and 30 April.
Face coverings – such as non-medical cloth or fabric face masks – are safe for the majority of people with epilepsy, experts say.
Epilepsy services need to resume as quickly and safely as possible, say leading epilepsy charities and health professionals.