The Chief Medical Officers from across the UK have said that adults who have Down’s syndrome are to be added to the group of people who are classed as clinically extremely vulnerable. This means that they have been classed as at higher risk for coronavirus.
People who are in the clinically extremely vulnerable group are advised to be extra careful in protecting themselves.
The Easy read of the information on what this means is here
You can see some questions and answers on what it means to be clinically extremely vulnerable here
GPs will be getting in touch with patients who have Downs Syndrome over the next few weeks. They will talk to people about what this means for them.
There is an easy read letter that GPs will send to people. There is a copy of that letter here
You can read the letter that was sent to GPs telling them what to do here – read the letter.
If you do not hear from your GP in the next few weeks you should get in touch with them.
The Government will also be writing to care providers and letting them know what they will need to do. You can read that letter here.
From Thursday all people who are extremely clinically vulnerable are being advised to take extra care. This was called shielding
You can read about that government advice and what you might do if you are extremely clinically vulnerable here
The Downs Syndrome Association have information and resources for people with Down Syndrome and their families on their website here
Sam’s video explaining what it means to be extremely clinically vulnerable
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They are also hosting a free seminar on Thursday (5 November) Supporting you to make decisions.