People with learning disabilities prioritised for COVID Vaccine

Some good news for those with learning disabilities. The government has announced that everyone on the learning disability register will now be prioritised for a COVID-19 vaccination.

There were around 150,000 people who were not eligible for the vaccine, but who are at higher risk due to their disabilities.  These people will now be prioritised as part of group six, regardless of how severe their disability is.

The update comes after an analysis of date that shows those with a learning disability tend to suffer more severe symptoms of COVID-19.

It is advised that those with a learning disability should ensure they are on the learning disability register by ringing their GP.

The data shows that only 1 in 4 people with a learning disability are actually on their GP’s learning disability register. With 1.2 million people in the UK with a learning disability, this means that there are 900,000 people who aren’t registered. To help with this fallout, the NHS has also asked local authorities to identify any other adults severely affected by a learning disability.

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