Radio 2 DJ says the family is “living through a nightmare” and wants to stand up for people with learning difficulties

Jo Whiley has said she was “living through a nightmare” after being offered the coronavirus vaccine in front of her sister who has learning difficulties and diabetes and whose nursing home was closed due to an outbreak

The BBC Radio 2 DJ, who is campaigning for her younger sister Frances, who has the rare genetic Cri du Chat syndrome, to be prioritized for the sting, has been overcome by distress following a Covid outbreak at Frances’ nursing home spoken

Whiley said she would give up her push “immediately” if she could, so that her sister or one of the residents of her nursing home could have it instead

According to the Office of National Statistics, 60% of people who died with Covid-19 in England by November last year had a disability than for people with a medically diagnosed learning disability, the risk of death was 37 times higher for men and women than for people who didn’t

People with diabetes, as well as people with “severe or severe” learning disabilities, are in priority six for the sting, but Frances falls in priority four because of her diabetes and underlying health conditions

Invitations for the first dose were sent out Monday to people in priority groups five and six, including those over 65 and those considered clinically at risk

In an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today program, Whiley, 55, said it felt like a “long wait” for Frances to get the vaccine and when she got the call she was “afraid” – that there was an outbreak in the nursing home – her blood ran cold last Thursday evening

“I can’t tell you how frustrating it is and how horrible it is,” she said. “Right now they’re nightmares. I feel like I’m in a nightmare. All weekend it was horrible – really, very, very difficult. It was difficult for my parents, it was difficult for everyone in the nursing home and it goes on

“And then, ironically, I got a message that I should have my vaccine in front of my sister who has learning difficulties and underlying health conditions. Imagine that”

While she described her sister’s mental health effects as “quite extreme” and said Frances got “very distressed” because she couldn’t see her parents – she usually returns to her parents’ house every three weeks / p>

Frances also refused to speak to anyone over the weekend, and although she usually calls her older sister 30 times a day, she didn’t answer, Whiley added

She said her thoughts were “confusing” as she does not know why she was invited to be shot as she is not one of the government’s priority groups, but suggested that it might be because that she is classified as the caregiver of her sister who is 53

“I don’t get it, to be honest,” Whiley said, “She’s in Tier 6, but she also has pretty bad diabetes which, to my knowledge, puts her in Tier 4 because she has an underlying health condition So I would have thought that she would have been vaccinated, but that didn’t happen””

She said she wanted to speak up for people like Frances, “who have been overlooked” and “neglected” “It happens so often – people with learning difficulties are neglected, they have no voice

“I would give up my vaccine right away if I could have my sister and one of the residents of her house get her vaccine. It just doesn’t feel right”

When Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi was challenged later in the program on the subject, it was confirmed that Frances had tested positive for Covid-19 after the nursing home outbreak

Zahawi said people with home care learning difficulties would now receive the vaccine: “The case you just described to me – living in home care with a learning disability – is now being vaccinated in category six. We just got that Categories five and six started – this is happening right now for this case to be taken up

“Of course we have to wait 28 days after the infection before we can return So for home care we go back four times to give the two doses because people sometimes cannot get the first dose until the infection is over after 28 days ”

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