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All people with learning disabilities prioritised for vaccine

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A campaign from the joint committee on vaccination has urged the government to prioritise people with learning disabilities for the COVID-19 vaccine.

The news will see 150,000 more individuals being offered the injection more quickly in England joining those in priority group six with a “severe or profound” learning disability.

Over 18’s with Downs syndrome, who fall into priority group 4, have already been offered the jab despite how severe their condition is.

Recent figures show people with severe learning disabilities are more likely to become seriously ill or die from COVID-19, but Prof Anthony Harnden, deputy chairman of the JCVI, says everyone with the condition are at an equal risk from the virus.

In Scotland Nicola Sturgeon announced on Monday everyone with a learning disability who lives in the country would take priority for the coronavirus jab.

According to Public Health England people with learning disabilities are six times more likely to die from COVID-19.