We have set out below guidance and links to resources regarding COVID 19. We recommend that you speak to your hospital consultant for medical advice relevant to you (as everyone is different).

Webinar on Risk and Course of COVID-19 in Aplastic Anaemia and PNH patients, including Vaccination Strategies on 5 July 2022

Watch a webinar hosted by EuroBloodNet about the risk and outcomes of COVID 19 in PNH (and Aplastic Anaemia patients)

PNH National Service Guidance

PNH National Service’s website (last updated on 12/04/22). The PNH National Service has provided about PNH and Aplastic Anaemia patients receiving the COVID 19 vaccination.

Most Recent Government Guidance

The most recent Government guidance (13/09/23) for those whose immune system means they are at higher risk is here.

There is different guidance available for people living in ScotlandWales and Northern Ireland.

COVID 19 Vaccination Effectiveness for PNH Patients

On 6 December 2021, the Aplastic Anaemia Trust hosted a webinar where Professor Peter Hillmen and Alexandra Pike from the Leeds PNH National Service research discuss the results of research about whether the COVID 19 vaccine is effective for PNH and Aplastic Anaemia patients.

The study found that after one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, people with AA and/or PNH were less likely to mount an immune response than healthy volunteers. However, after a second dose of the vaccine, there was a large increase in the number of people who had an immune response to the vaccine which is great news for our community. The Lancet published a piece about this research on 30 June 2022 which can be read here.

Cold Season Advice

The Aplastic Anaemia Trust (AAT) has a helpful Cold Season Advice webpage, which includes a webinar recording with Dr Austin Kulasekararaj from Kings on 30 September 2021.

Mental Health

Looking after your mental health is also very important. Listed below are some sources of more information and support:

Mental Health Foundation

NHS Every Mind Matters

This page has useful tips about coping with anxiety about getting ‘back to normal’

Give us a Shout – TEXT 85258 24/7 for mental health support

MIND – mental health charity

The Aplastic Anaemia Trust has published a list of resources recommended by the Department of Haematology at
King’s College Hospital, London

Travel Insurance Information

Information about making travel insurance claims as a result of COVID 19 can be found here

Other External Guidance

Please see here for guidance on PNH and Aplastic Anaemia and COVID 19 from the European Society for Blood and Marrow transplantation.

Research on COVID 19 and PNH

Scientific papers published on PNH and COVID 19: