All adults on the learning disability register will be prioritised to get a coronavirus vaccine, the government has said, following calls from broadcaster Jo Whiley. People with severe and profound learning disabilities were already part of group six – adults aged 16-64 with underlying health conditions. But care minister Helen Whately has confirmed all people in England on the GP learning disability register will now be invited for a vaccine. The change comes after a recommendation from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), the panel that advises the government on inoculation priority. Follow live COVID-19 updates from the UK and around the world Advertisement It means at least 150,000 more people with learning disabilities will now be offered the vaccine more quickly. Professor Anthony Harnden, deputy chair of the JCVI, told the Commons’ science and technology committee: “I would like to implore any GPs immunising in group six now reach out to people with learning disabilities and prioritise them with group six.” More from Covid-19 COVID-19: Airlines to burn through up to $95bn this year after restrictions tightened COVID-19: Face masks may not be needed indoors over summer, deputy chief medical officer suggests COVID-19: Germany’s top-selling newspaper admits… Read full this story
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