Vaccination roll-out for people with a learning disability and/or autism

Anyone with a learning disability and/or autism can now have their COVID-vaccine as the programme moves to the next stage.
The NHS is now delivering the vaccine to even more people including those with a learning disability and/or autism with the most support needs (sometimes called having a severe and profound learning disability), as well as those added to updated shielded patient list and adult carers.

The GP-led primary care network teams have been asked to vaccinate those with a learning disability and/or autism because they hold the information about each individual’s medical condition.

If you or someone you care for has a learning disability and/or autism your GP will be in contact shortly.

To support the primary care teams in rolling out the COVID vaccine to people with a learning disability and/or autism, there is a COVID vaccine pathway.

The pathway provides the GP with all the necessary tools to help them vaccinate someone with a learning disability and/or autism at the right time as well as how to make reasonable adjustments for someone who has capacity, or when the person does not have capacity.

If you’re someone with a learning disability and/or autism, a parent or carer, when attending the appointment you can ask the GP for more information about the pathway. You, your parent or carer can also talk to your GP about any concerns or changes you require to make the vaccination appointment more comfortable and ensure any of your specific needs are met.

The GP may be able to reassure them using a variety of supporting documents including an easy read information leaflet and a consent form.

For further questions or support please email the primary care liaison nurse teams for adults with a learning disability on cft.pclnld@nhs.net.

Information about the COVID vaccine for people with a learning disability and autistic people

Added on 23 February 2021, in News - COVID-19 vaccine