COVID vaccine campaign update – the letter to Jonathan Van-Tam

Over the last few months, Learning Disability England has been taking action and campaigning for people with learning disabilities to be prioritised for the COVID 19 vaccine.

On 27th November the Representative Body Co Chairs wrote to Helen Whatley MP, the Minister for Care.

And Learning Disability England coordinated and was co signatory to an Open Letter to the JCVI.

We have not yet had a response to these letters.

We feel it is important to keep the pressure on and to act quickly now that the vaccination programme has started.

So now the Rep Body Co Chairs have written to Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer.

We have asked him to take action and prioritise people with learning disabilities for vaccination.

We still need your help.

Please write to your MP if you haven’t done that already.

You can use this easy read template from Speak Up to help you to write your letter.

If you have already written to your MP, please fill in this short survey to tell us what they said.

People will be called for vaccination when it is their turn based on the priorities.

This may be useful to you in helping people to think about decisions around vaccination.

NHS England has shared the Standard Operating procedure for Covid vaccinations.

This is aimed at organisations who will be involved in the roll out of vaccines at care homes.

Learning Disability England will carry on trying to get people with a learning disability to be made a priority and we will update you again in the New Year.