People With Learning Disabilities To Be Prioritised In Vaccine Rollout
Care minister Helen Whately has confirmed that all those who are on a GP register for learning disabilities in England will be prioritised for a covid-19 vaccination, with the move intending to ensure that all those at higher risk of the disease are protected as soon as possible.
According to the Guardian, the decision came following updated advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.
Deputy chair of the organisation professor Anthony Harnden called on GPs to extend invitations to those on the register to come forward as the rollout of the vaccine reaches group six in the priority list.
He explained that the aim is to reach people with severe or profound learning difficulties, going on to add that those with milder learning disabilities should not yet get in touch with their GPs.
“What we want to do is try and capture in whatever way we can all those with severe and profound learning disabilities, but we don’t want everybody with a relatively mild learning disability to come forward to be vaccinated now.
“That would cause problems because there are over 1.5 million of those individuals,” he said, in a speech to the Commons science and technology committee this week (February 22nd).
Executive director of communication, advocacy and activism at Mencap Jackie O’Sullivan advised people to check if they’re on the register and request to be put on it if they’re not.
Priority group six is those individuals aged 16 to 64 with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality.
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