It has been announced nationally that people on the GP Learning Disability Register are now eligible for their COVID-19 vaccination as part of priority group 6.
This will mean more people with learning disabilities will be offered the vaccine more quickly, and help ensure those most at risk of death or hospitalisation are prioritised for vaccination.
Those on the GP Learning Disability Register (as well as adults with other related conditions, including cerebral palsy) being prioritised follows the latest advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) who are independent advisors to the government, as people who are severely affected by learning disabilities are at higher risk of death from COVID-19.
It is important everyone with a learning disability checks that they are on the register and asks their GP to go on it if they are not. The local NHS is working in close collaboration with local authorities and other partners to identify anyone else severely affected by a learning disability who is not registered.
COVID-19 Vaccination Easy read materials to share:
You’ve probably read a lot of things about the coronavirus online, but not everything you have seen is true.
It is important to protect yourself and your loved ones from false information about the coronavirus and the COVID-19 vaccination programme.
Take a look at our ‘fact check’ which tackles some of the biggest concerns and inaccuracies out there, and sets the record straight with the facts and trusted information.
The COVID-19 vaccination can prevent serious illness, but protection takes time to kick in. Being vaccinated does not mean you are fully protected, even once you have your second dose. You may still give COVID-19 to someone else.
Today’s video explains why it’s still really important to follow social distancing guidelines, even when you have had your vaccination, to protect yourself and those around you.
Much more information about the vaccination programme is available on our website, including details of the services available in each area, latest data, stakeholder briefings, answers to frequently asked questions and links to all the national leaflets and materials.
Thank you for your support in helping to keep our local communities updated and informed about this fast-moving and unprecedented vaccination programme.