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Coronavirus: Learning Disability

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 133041, tabled on 30 December 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans the Government has to amend the list of people who are extremely vulnerable to covid-19 to include people with learning disabilities.

Answered on

12 January 2021

On 4 November adults with Down's syndrome were added to the clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) list based on evidence from the QCOVID risk stratification model, commissioned by the Chief Medical Officer via the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Committee.

This research identified that other people with learning disabilities without Down’s syndrome were not found to face a high enough risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 to be added the CEV list based on their learning disability alone. Some people with a learning disability will be considered CEV, by virtue of having another health condition on the CEV list.

The definition of CEV groups remains under constant review and if new scientific evidence comes to light then we would not hesitate to alter its composition as necessary.

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Department of Health and Social Care