The Covid-19 vaccination programme is underway in Scotland. Everyone with Down’s syndrome (16+) as well as carers are being should have been prioritised for the vaccine and now received both doses.
In July this year, the Scottish Government confirmed that they will be offering vaccines to children over 12 who are at increased risk of serious coronavirus disease including young people with Down’s syndrome. Each Local Health Board will be contacting parents and carers of children with Down’s syndrome aged 12-15 to arrange a vaccination appointment, either by post or via a phone call. We have prepared a Q&A of frequently asked questions, you can download this below as well as some easy read information to help you prepare for your vaccine appointment. There are further easy read resources available here. Additional information on the rollout of the vaccine to 12-15 year-olds is available on the NHS Inform website here.
Information about the COVID-19 vaccine
You can find out more about the COVID-19 Vaccine at the NHS Inform website. This page includes information about the vaccine itself, as well as links to your own NHS Health Board and how to rearrange your appointment. You can also call COVID-19 vaccination helpline on 0800 030 8013 (available 8am to 8pm, 7 days per week).
The invitation letter will include an information leaflet about the vaccine. If you would like this leaflet in another language or format, these are also available to download from the NHS inform COVID-19 vaccine website (17 community languages including British Sign Language, as well as Audio, Easy Read and Large Print formats).
Reasonable adjustments for people that need support when getting their vaccine
The Chief Medical Officer and Chief Nursing Officer have acknowledged the difficulties that people with learning disabilities may have accessing the vaccine programme and have written to the Chief Executives of each NHS Board and Health and Social Care Partnerships offering the expertise of local learning disability nurses in providing reasonable adjustments for the COVID-19 Immunisation programme. You can view this letter here.
Below you can find our Q&A of frequently asked questions about the 12 to 15-year-olds vaccine rollout, the Inequalities Impact Assessment for the Vaccination programme, as well as some easy read resources about preparing to get the vaccine.