To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to extend priority access to the covid-19 vaccine to people with all levels of learning disability.
This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.
15 March 2021
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that those with severe and profound learning disabilities and those with learning disabilities residing in residential care, should be offered vaccine in group six and that all individuals with Down’s syndrome should be offered vaccination in priority group four.
On 24 February the JCVI published a clarification of their advice on vaccinating people with a learning disability. The JCVI confirmed their advice that priority should be given to those with a severe and profound learning disability. To efficiently identify those who are more severely affected and may not be invited for vaccination due to coding of learning disability on general practitioner (GP) systems, the JCVI supports a practical approach of inviting everyone who is on the GP Learning Disability Register for vaccination in cohort six.
The JCVI also supports an approach for the National Health Service to work with local authorities to identify adults in residential and nursing care, and those who require support, for example as part of assisted living in the community and those in shared accommodation with multiple occupancy. This will mean at least 150,000 more people with learning disabilities will now be offered the vaccine more quickly.