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All adults enrolled on the registry for learning disabilities will be given priority after calling on broadcaster Jo Whiley to receive a coronavirus vaccine

People with severe and severe learning disabilities were already in the sixth group – adults aged 16 to 64 with underlying health conditions

But Nursing Secretary Helen Whately has confirmed that anyone in England who is on the register of general practitioners for learning disabilities will now be invited to a vaccine

The change comes after a recommendation from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI), the body that advises the government on vaccination priority

This means that at least 150The vaccine is now being offered faster to 000 people with learning disabilities

Professor Anthony Harnden, vice chairman of the JCVI, told the Commons Science and Technology Committee: “I would like to ask all immunizing GPs in group six to reach out to people with learning difficulties now and prioritize them with group six”

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The JCVI urges the NHS to work with local authorities to identify adults in residential and nursing homes as well as those in need of community support who may not be registered

Health Secretary Matt Hancock tweeted, “I know how concerned many with learning disabilities have been, & your loved ones. So I really appreciate this JCVI advice that everyone on the GP Learning Disability Register should now be bumped into Cohort 6


The NHS is currently immunizing people in group five – people 65 and over – and some areas have moved to group six

The JCVI has decided on the priority of the next phase of vaccine introduction after the ninth group (everyone aged 50 and over) and the ministers are currently looking into this, said Prof Harnden

There were concerns that people with learning disabilities were not included DJ Jo Whiley, 55, said she was offered the vaccine in front of her sister, who has learning disabilities and diabetes and who was hospitalized with COVID-19 last week

Her sister Frances, 53, who has the rare genetic Cri du Chat syndrome, has now received the coronavirus vaccine and is isolating at home with her parents

In response to the government announcement, Whiley tweeted that she had “cried for joy” and told the BBC, “This is a great day – I’m so relieved, I’m so happy for all of the people who have lived Fear

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

“And that is clear, this includes everyone and all those people who have felt very neglected and have the feeling that they don’t matter, that we don’t care, now know that we will protect them

“This is absolutely critical and I couldn’t be happier. This is a big step forward”

Charities for the disabled welcomed the move United Response called it a “milestone” and said they were “grateful to Jo Whiley for using her profile to stand up for this incredibly worthy cause”

Jackie O’Sullivan, Mencap’s Advocacy Executive Director, who launched the campaign for people with learning disabilities late last year, said the announcement was “very welcome”

She urged all learning disabled people to check that they are on the register and ask their GP to register them if they are not

Prof Harnden admitted that handing it over to local health officials to determine which people in their areas had more severe learning disabilities had created some inequalities in induction

Ms. Whately said, “I’ve heard firsthand how severe this pandemic has been for people with learning disabilities and their families. We are committed to vaccinating those at higher risk from COVID-19 as soon as possible

“To follow the updated advice from the JCVI and to make this process easier and faster, we are inviting everyone who is on their GP’s registry for learning disabilities, which means those who are at higher risk from the virus exposed to the protection they need “

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