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Islanders With Learning Disabilities Invited For Vaccine

Around 460 people are expected to attend a special clinic next week.

As Guernsey's vaccination programme hits the 22,000 mark, the next people in line for the inoculation will be receiving invites.

Easy Read letters have been sent to adults with a learning disability.

A special clinic is being held in the Community Vaccination Centre on Monday 8 March.  Their main carer will be offered the vaccine at the same time.

The States of Guernsey says it is expecting around 460 people, if all those invited attend.

States Chief Executive Paul Whitfield says they've worked hard to put the correct procedures in place:

"Chairs will be set out in pairs so carers can sit with those they care for. Space will also be set aside for those who need to wait for 15 minutes after their vaccine but are unable to easily sit for that length of time."

Vaccination Centre Staff - who wear full PPE - will each have a photo attached to their uniform so those attending can see what they look like under their mask.

The Adult Learning Disability Team staff will also be on hand to assist if needed, and to be a recognisable face for those attending for their vaccine on that day.

Letters are also going out to those identified by their Primary Care practice as moderate to high risk and aged 18 to 65 years (priority group 6). 

"There are around 6,600 in this group and letters will be sent out in batches of 500 starting with the oldest in the group first. So please be patient if you think you are in this group but don’t hear from us immediately."

People who are currently in the islands and have registered with the authorities for a vaccination, but are normally non-resident, are also to be contacted this week.

Paul Whitfield says it's an issue they've been aware of and have been trying to calculate how many people fall into this category:

"We've been contacted by about 210 individuals who are non-resident. About 100 of them fall in to the priority groups 1-9.  All non-residents who have notified us will be written to this week and told that they will be on the vaccination schedule."

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