Crippen hears that charities have called on Government to prioritise those who are more vulnerable to the virus

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Three ‘disability’ charities have called on the Government to ensure that disabled people, including those with learning difficulties and autism, as well as their families and support workers, receive prioritisation for the new COVID-19 vaccination.

The call from Mencap, Sense and the National Autistic Society, is in response to interim advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), which the Government are using to steer their approach to vaccination. The advice is heavily biased towards older people aged 65 or over, and they feel does not give sufficient prioritisation to disabled people.

Last week, Public Health revealed that COVID-19 deaths for people with a learning disability in England are six times the average. The review found that those aged 18-34 with a learning disability were 30 times more likely to die with the virus than their counterparts in the general population.

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