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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. The priority list is here. Read more in this document ‘Priority groups for coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination: advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI)’ here
  • Worried about vaccine safety, effectiveness and side effects? Read more from the NHS here
  • Do you have a brother or sister who has severe learning disabilities and behaviour that challenges others? Are you worried about their access to the vaccine and what reasonable adjustments can be made? Read this information from the Challenging Behaviour Foundation
  • If your brother or sister isn’t able to consent to the vaccine, this guidance from the Government explains the process of best interest decisions.

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’
  • Ask your GP surgery to register you as a carer, and you should be invited to have the vaccine


This page was last updated: 17th February 2021

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