Priority vaccinations for individuals with learning difficulties
People on the GP Learning Disability Register in England will now get priority vaccinations and be invited to receive their jabs in the coming days, the government has announced.
Those registered with their doctor as having a learning disability will now be considered part of cohort group six following new advice, meaning they are grouped with those judged at risk due to certain underlying health conditions.
In addition to this, the government has released details of new measures to help children catch-up on their education after schools reopen in March, including funding for summer schools if pupils need them.
Both items of news follow the Prime Minister’s announcement of his ‘roadmap’ to easing national lockdown guidelines in England with all schools and colleges reopening on Monday 8 March.
The education catch-up measures for pupils that have been announced include:
- Funding for secondary schools to deliver face-to-face summer schools, if needed, targeted at pupils most disadvantaged by the pandemic and lockdown, including younger children
- A range of online resources for teachers and pupils in the summer term and summer holidays aimed at helping young people get ready for the next academic year
- A one-off Recovery Premium for state primary and secondary schools providing extra funding to support disadvantaged students. Schools will decide how to use this
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