Coronavirus (COVID-19)—JCVI calls for those on LDR to receive vaccine

Coronavirus (COVID-19)—JCVI calls for those on LDR to receive vaccine

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised the government to invite everyone on the GP Learning Disability Register (LDR) for the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination as part of priority group 6. This means that around 150,000 more people with learning disabilities will be offered the vaccine sooner, ensuring that those most at risk of death or hospitalisation are prioritised for the vaccination.

Chair for JCVI, Professor Wei Shen Lim said: 'The JCVI’s advice on COVID-19 vaccine prioritisation was developed with the aim of preventing as many deaths as possible. People who are severely affected by learning disabilities are at higher risk of death from COVID-19.'

Lim added: 'As the severity of any disability may not be well recorded in GP systems, JCVI supports the NHS operational plan for anyone on the GP Learning Disability Register to be invited now for vaccination as part of priority group 6, and to reach out in the community to identify others also severely affected by a learning disability but who may not yet be registered.'

Source: JCVI advises inviting people on Learning Disability Register for vaccine

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