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Coronavirus: Disability

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 53650, tabled on 2 June 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to protect people with disabilities from covid-19.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

6 July 2020

The Government is working to protect disabled people from Covid-19. This includes:

- Providing guidance on social distancing and advice for people with specific conditions who are considered to be clinically vulnerable to Covid-19:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing

- Advising people with specific health conditions, who are deemed to be extremely clinically vulnerable to Covid-19, to shield, and providing direct support to the shielded population. Support provided includes weekly boxes of basic supplies, priority for supermarket deliveries and help to meet basic care needs.

- Providing guidance and advice for health and social care providers and professionals to mitigate risks of Covid-19:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/wuhan-novel-coronavirus#adult-social-care

- Making available the NHS Volunteer Responders programme to help support people who are vulnerable but not shielding, including disabled people.

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