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People with learning disability and COVID-19 vaccinations

The PCPLD (Palliative Care for people with Learning Disabilities) Network recently hosted a webinar; ‘Why all people with learning disabilities and their carers should be prioritised.’ You can watch a video of the event on YouTube below.

About this Event

‘People with learning disabilities are disproportionally affected by Covid-19, and at higher risk of dying. Yet, most people with learning disabilities are not on the vaccination priority list. We think this is wrong.’

‘We urge the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) to prioritise ALL people with learning disabilities and their carers for vaccination – not just those with severe and profound disabilities. In this short webinar, we explore why this is necessary and important. We talk with people with learning disabilities (featuring on the BBC News on 24th January 2021) and ask several experts for their insights.’

You will hear from:

• Chairing the webinar: Amanda Cresswell (self-advocate and co-researcher) and Irene Tuffrey-Wijne (Professor of Intellectual Disability and Palliative Care, Kingston & St George’s University, London)

• GRASSroots group of people with learning disabilities (normally based in London; currently on Zoom)

• Professor Sheila Baroness Hollins (Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, St George’s University London; Crossbench member, House of Lords). Researching and raising issues on learning disabilities and health inequalities for many decades.

• Professor Gyles Glover (Co-director, Learning Disability Observatory, Public Health England) Author of the Public Health England Report on Covid-19 deaths of people with learning disabilities (published November 2020)

• Dr Kirsten Lamb (Retired GP; Chair of the Special Interest Group for Learning Disability, Royal College of General Practitioners) Up-to-date information about current vaccination invitations to people with learning disabilities

Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3mQYfHJ93M&t=332s&ab_channel=PCPLDNetwork