Coronavirus: Vaccination

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 7th September 2022.

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Photo of Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to (a) help ensure that Learning Disabled people are aware that they are eligible for the booster vaccination and (b) encourage Learning Disabled people to come forward for their booster vaccination.

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

Those aged five to 49 years old in a clinical risk group and individuals aged 50 years old and over will be eligible for an COVID-19 booster vaccination this autumn, including those with learning disabilities. NHS England will contact people with learning disabilities to book their COVID-19 vaccine appointment. To encourage uptake for those with learning disabilities, easy read letter templates and information materials have been developed for the invitation process. NHS England is also developing accessible social media cards.

The National Health Service has worked with partner agencies to provide advice, training and guidance to support the vaccination of people with a learning disability. This includes ensuring all COVID-19 vaccination sites consider communication and access needs, including any reasonable adjustments for individuals and their families.

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