BBC DJ applauds “massive step forward” after revealing her heartbreak when she was offered a nudge in front of her disabled sister

At least 150000 more people with learning difficulties will be prioritized for a Covid vaccine, officials announced after a campaign by Jo Whiley

The BBC DJ declared Monday “seismic day” after the Joint Vaccination and Immunization Committee (JCVI) recommended that all patients be proposed to the GP registry for learning disabilities

So far, only people with severe and severe learning disabilities have been prioritized for a Covid shock

Ms. Whiley, 55, sparked public outcry after revealing she had been offered the vaccine while her sister Frances, who has Cri Du Chat syndrome and learning disabilities, had not

Last week, the 53-year-old tested positive for Covid, which the presenter of Radio 2 described as “nightmares”

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The JCVI has now acknowledged that GP systems may not always track disability severity, which means that some adults who are more severely affected by learning disabilities may not have been prioritized

The change means that anyone classified as learning disabled in the system will be included in Priority Group 6, which includes everyone aged 16 to 64 with underlying health conditions that are at high risk for the virus Together with people in group five – people aged 65 and over – they are currently the focus of vaccine introduction

Ms. Whiley told the BBC: “This is a great day – I am so relieved, I am so happy for all the people who have lived in fear

“I’m very grateful to the government for listening because it’s a very complicated situation and it’s very difficult to categorize people according to their disabilities. It’s very, very tricky, and I think that’s in has become evident over the past few months

“And that is clear, this includes everyone and all those people who have felt very neglected and feel that they don’t matter, that we don’t care, now know that we will protect them. That is absolutely crucial and I couldn’t be happier. This is a big step forward “

Professor Anthony Harnden, the vice chairman of the JCVI, said the chances of dying from Covid were approximately one and a half times those of the normal population across the spectrum of learning disabilities

He told the Science and Technology Committee, “There has been a lot of controversy in this area and I fully understand that. I would ask that all general practitioners who immunize people in Group 6 now turn to those who who they know have learning difficulties and prioritize them within group 6 “

Prof Wei Shen Lim, the JCVI’s Covid-19 chairman, said, “The JCVI’s Council on the Prioritization of Covid-19 Vaccines is designed with the goal of preventing as many deaths as possible from people who are severely affected by learning disabilities, have a higher risk of death from Covid-19

“Because the severity of a disability may not be well recorded in GP systems, JCVI supports the NHS operational plan for all individuals in the GP register for learning disabilities who are now invited to be vaccinated as part of priority group 6 and should contact them in the community to identify others who are also severely affected by a learning disability but may not yet be registered “

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