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How and when your disabled brother or sister will have the vaccine

  • Read about how the Government plans to deliver the vaccine here
  • Why do we have to wait for the vaccine? Click here for answers
  • When will my brother/sister have the vaccine? This will depend on their disability and level of priority. You can find the priority groups here
  • Make sure that all of your brother/sister’s disabilities are known to their GP. If your brother/sister has a learning disability, make sure that they are on the GP Learning Disability Register, as all those who are on this register will receive the vaccine imminently. You can read advice for GPs from NHS England on identification of people with a learning disability here
  • Worried about vaccine safety, effectiveness and side effects? Read more from the NHS here

Capacity, consent and reasonable adjustments

Helping your brother or sister to understand the situation

It’s hard for siblings to see their learning disabled brother or sister upset and confused by a situation they cannot understand. Sometimes easy-read guides and resources can help. We know that in other situations, a sibling may have no way of explaining something as complex as this.

Easy-read guides and resources:

Are you a carer for your disabled brother or sister?

  • From JCVI: “Other groups at higher risk, including those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill, should also be offered vaccination alongside these [Persons with underlying health conditions] groups” 
  • You don’t have to live with your brother or sister to be classed as the ‘main carer’. You don’t have to be providing personal care (like washing and dressing). Being a carer means doing any tasks for your brother/sister that you wouldn’t do for another adult who didn’t have their disability. The key phrase here is that a person’s ‘welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill’
  • You can book your vaccination appointment online if “you get a Carer’s Allowance, get support following an assessment by your local authority or your GP record shows you are a carer”. Read more here.


This page was last updated: 20th April 2021

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