Those in the at risk group being prioritised in this provisional list also include those with diabetes and chronic heart disease.
Top of the priority list overall are older adults in care homes and care home workers followed by all those over 80 and health and social care workers.
People between the ages 18-65 deemed clinically ‘extremely vulnerable’ from coronavirus have been given the same priority as the over 70s in the vaccine queue.That means people with conditions such as blood, bone or lung cancer, chronic kidney disease and Down’s Syndrome have been placed in priority group four out of the nine listed categories.
Gemma Peters, chief executive of Blood Cancer UK, said: “This is extremely good news.
“Putting people with blood cancer at the same priority level as those aged over 70 better reflects the fact that they are especially vulnerable to the coronavirus.”
“Any vaccine might not work as well in people with blood cancer, so vaccinating the people around them is a vital part of protecting them.
“We are very grateful to the Government for having listened to the voices of people with blood cancer and other health conditions on this.
“It is also important to remember that this is not definitely the final priority list.”
The vaccine list, advised by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), is:
1. Older adults in a care home and care home workers
2. All those 80 years of age and over and health and social care workers
3. All those 75 years of age and over
4. All those 70 years of age and over and the clinically extremely vulnerable individuals, excluding pregnant women and those under 18 years of age
5. All those 65 years of age and over
6. Adults aged 18 to 65 years in an at-risk group
7. All those aged 60 and over
8. All those 55 and over
9. All those aged 50 and over