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Covid Vaccine: Le Geyt Open For Islanders With Learning Disabilities

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Some islanders with learning disabilities will be getting their first coronavirus vaccine at Le Geyt this weekend.

It's been chosen as another option to Fort Regent.

Their nurses will be administering the vaccines to make the experience a bit more comfortable for them.

More people with learning disabilities who are known to a GP or learning disabilities service will get a vaccine at the day service centre next weekend (27/28 February).

"We have worked collaboratively with the Learning Disability team to arrange this service for Islanders which should help reduce any increased worries or uncertainty.

"The Learning Disability team have done a fantastic job in helping to enable and coordinate those who are eligible to receive their vaccines at Le Geyt and I thank them for their work in doing so and in ensuring the ongoing wellbeing of those due their vaccines. Of course, if Islanders so chose, they could still attend their appointment at Fort Regent or if appropriate, can book for a home visit.

"Our Operations Lead, Ross Barnes has worked with the Head of the Learning Disabilities Team and Learning disabilities Lead Nurse in planning this arrangement. Our duty executive will also visit the centre throughout the weekend for programme oversight." - Becky Sherrington, Head of the Covid-19 Vaccine Programme.

A list of people have been compiled by the Learning Disability Team alongside primary care, to see who can get a jab at Le Geyt.

"The COVID-19 vaccination programme has brought significant relief to those who are classed as being higher risk.

"Thanks to this arrangement with the COVID-19 Vaccination Team, our service users can be as comfortable and confident in receiving their vaccine at Le Geyt which is both practically appropriate but also familiar, with recognised people which will all contribute to helping reduce uncertainty." - Robert Gardner, Head of Learning Disability Services.

45 to 54 year olds at moderate risk are the next 'at risk group' eligible to book a vaccine. They will get letters from today to book appointments from Monday 22 February. 

A list of who falls into the moderate risk category can be found here.

Appointments can be booked online or by calling the coronavirus helpline on 0800 735 5566.

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