All adults with learning disabilities get priority for Covid vaccine after Jo Whiley campaign
The JCVI has now recognized that PM systems may not always capture the severity of a person’s disability, which means some adults more severely affected by learning disabilities may not have been prioritized.
The change means that everyone listed in the system as having a learning disability will be included in the priority group six, which includes all people aged 16 to 64 with underlying health conditions that put them at high risk of contracting the virus. Along with people in group five – those 65 and over – they are currently at the center of the vaccine rollout.
Ms Whiley told the BBC: “It’s a great day – I’m so relieved I’m so happy for all of these people who live in fear.
“I am very grateful to the government for listening to me, because it is a very complicated situation and it is very difficult to categorize people according to their disability. It is very, very delicate, and it has become obvious. , I think, in the last few months.
“And so it’s clear, it encompasses everyone, and all those people who felt very neglected, feeling like they didn’t matter, that we didn’t care, now know that we protect them. This is absolutely crucial and I couldn’t be more thrilled. This is a huge step forward. “