Updated information on vaccinations for 16 -25 year olds with a learning disability

Following on from this week’s HPCI update for our parent network we need to issue further information given to us by Herts County Council around the vaccinations for for people aged 16 and above with a learning disability.  The main difference is the removal of reference to the information hub, run by HPFT, but does address what to do if you don’t think that your 16 to 25 year old with a learning disability is registered at the GP as having a learning disability and therefore won’t be called automatically.

Hertfordshire County Council Statement
We are very pleased that Hertfordshire has been doing well in vaccinating the local population.  In line with the governments vaccination programme some people with severe or profound learning disabilities (making them ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’) in Hertfordshire have now been asked to come for their first jab, and more will be invited over the coming weeks. This includes younger adults who are 16 – 18 years old, who have a learning disability. It is also likely that registered carers will also be offered the opportunity to have their vaccination, when they accompany someone to have their vaccine.

GPs will be using their records to contact people who are registered with them as having a learning disability. For most people this will be a letter, text message or a phone call from your local GP. This contact will include all the information needed to book appointments.

There is no need for individuals or their carers to phone their surgery directly, NHS England advises that you should wait to be contacted. However, if individuals or their carers do not think they are on their GP’s learning disability register, they may want to contact the GP to make sure that they are aware.

If you need additional support or advice you can find Hertfordshire County Councils link to FAQs here:

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