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Last update: 16/08/21
A COVID-19 vaccination programme for young people with learning disabilities aged between 12 -17 is now underway in Scotland.
In line with the latest JCVI advice COVID-19 vaccinations will now be offered to children and young people who are from key groups and are between 12 to 17 years. Vaccinations will be offered to:
- 12 to 15 year olds with severe neuro-disabilities
- 12 to 15 year olds with Down’s syndrome
- 12 to 15 year olds with underlying conditions resulting in immunosuppression
- 12 to 15 year olds with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD)
- 12 to 15 year olds with severe learning disabilities
- 12 to 17 year olds who have a diagnosed learning/intellectual disability (mild or moderate).
- 16 year olds who have any of these above conditions or underlying conditions that place them at higher risk of serious COVID-19 (that were not 16 at the time of the previous invite for all 16 and 17 years olds in March 2021)
- Young people aged 12 years and above who live in the same household of persons (adults or children) who are immunosuppressed (the Scottish Government previously invited over 16s who are household contacts of those on the shielding list).
On Monday 9th August 2021 the Scottish Government announced that Scotland is out of the Coronavirus levels system.
You can find out more by visiting the Scottish Government website here.
COVID-19 vaccination programme
If you are an adult (aged 18 and over) with a learning disability or you are a family member or someone who supports a person with a learning disability, you should have received both doses of your COVID-19 vaccination.
If you are worried that you have not yet received a vaccine invitation when you should have, you can contact the national COVID-19 vaccination helpline on 0800 030 8013.
Easy Read information about the COVID-19 vaccination can be found here.
COVID-19 Guided Self-help Booklet Series
The University of Glasgow , with assistance from colleagues at Lancaster University, the University of Oxford and the University of Warwick, have published a series of guided self-help booklets developed for people with mild to moderate learning/intellectual disabilities.
The resources were updated in December 2020. You can access the resources online here.
Other information and resources
We have been working with Scottish Government to produce some guidance for people with learning disabilities on the Coronavirus outbreak and how people can protect themselves.
Many organisations have produced Easy Read information about and for people with learning disabilities on Coronavirus.
Below we have provided a link to our Google Drive where we have been collating general and Easy Read information and resources. The Scottish Government resources listed above are also available through our Google Drive.
If you have additional resources that you think we should include, please let us know via email.
To access the Google Drive information and resource bank, please click on the heading ‘Access the resources’ below.