COVID 19 vaccinations specialist clinics for people with learning disabilities

12th October 2022

The latest session, taking place at Loughborough Hospital (Hospital Way, LE11 5JY), will offer those attending a calm and friendly environment that meets their needs and is open to anyone with a learning disability in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, aged 18 and over, who needs a first, second or booster Covid-19 vaccination.

The clinics, which have been nominated for numerous awards, are designed for people who need a more supportive environment than an ordinary clinic can provide, with a calmer atmosphere, longer appointment times and vaccinators specialising in learning disability support and care.

All appointments need to be booked in advance to ensure the session can be managed to best suit patients’ needs. The vaccines used at the clinic will be Pfizer and Spikevax Moderna Bivalent (bivalent vaccines target two coronavirus variants). The vaccines on offer have been approved for use by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and meet the UK regulator’s standards of safety, quality and effectiveness.

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust’s Sam Screaton, who helped to launch the learning disability vaccination clinics, said: “We feel that everyone who needs a COVID-19 vaccine should have access to them, which is why we designed these clinics as we know not everyone feels comfortable having the vaccine in the usual way.

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