Learning Disabilities: Coronavirus

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 20th January 2022.

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Photo of Barbara Keeley Barbara Keeley Labour, Worsley and Eccles South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that people with a learning disability are able to access a covid-19 vaccine booster.

Photo of Maggie Throup Maggie Throup The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

NHS England and NHS Improvement have worked with the UK Health Security Agency, local authorities and voluntary sector partners to ensure the delivery of COVID-19 vaccinations to people with a learning disability and autism. Advice, training and guidance has been provided to all vaccination sites to consider communication and access needs for individuals and their families.

Primary Care Networks (PCNs) have been instructed to prioritise the administration of booster vaccines to those in at-risk groups, including people with a learning disability. General practitioners have been supported to appropriately identify those on the Learning Disability Register to invite them for a booster vaccination. Easy read letter templates and information materials have been developed for the invitation process. Individuals are invited to local PCN sites or provision is made via a roving team where individuals are in a care home, housebound or need delivery at home. People with a learning disability eligible for a booster dose can book at a mass vaccination site or at a local participating pharmacy. Individuals and families are being encouraged to raise any need for a reasonable adjustment required ahead of vaccination appointments.

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