Covid 19 - Getting the Vaccination

Covid 19 - Getting the Vaccination

Recently ENABLE Glasgow and many other organisations concerned with learning disability have been working hard to make sure that all people with learning disability can access Covid 19 vaccination as a priority.  Thankfully, the Scottish Government has now confirmed that all people with learning disability are to be included in Priority 6.   This means that they can get their first vaccination now.

Disturbing data from England and Scotland has shown how the virus affects people with learngin disability.  Figures published by the Scottish Learning Disability Observatory show that:

- People who have a learning disability in Soctland are at greater risk of death, and three times more likely to die from Covid 19 than the general population.

- People who have a learning disability in Scotland are at greater risk of infection, and twice as likely totest positive for Coivd 19 than the general population.

- People who have a learning disability in Scotland are at greater risk of becoming seriously ill as a result of Covid 19, and twice as likely to be hospitalised.

Also, it is clear that the lockdown restrictions also have a disproportionate effect on people with learning disability and their carers.  Sometimes people do not get the level of support they usually get, or are cut off from the social networks they depend on.  This can lead to further health problems, and sometimes, severe pressure on family carers, many of whom are elderly.

Covid vaccination

The challenge now is to make sure that all people with learning disability can access the vaccine, and to make sure they are known to their GP practice.

ENABLE Scotland has also produced excellent guides for family carers and people with learning disability on what to say when you contact your GP in order to arrange vaccination.  People may also be called through the wider NHS system—the important thing is not to be left out.

You can access the guide for family members by clicking here.  There is also an easy read summary that you can access by clicking here.

Hopefully we are now further along the road in being able to support people with learning disability to re-connect with their friends and support networks.