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