Sumary of After a year at home, children with disabilities deserve priority vaccination | Frances Ryan:
- Kept off school long after their classmates went back, and away from friends, they have found their childhoods put on hold..
- And while the vaccine rollout gave high-risk adults some reprieve in the new year, those aged under 16, who have not been eligible for any vaccine, are still living in limbo..
- Yet we have barely heard a thing about disabled children plight through the coronavirus crisis – a silence that has not been helped by the faux-reassuring narrative that “no healthy child”.
- Now that the UK regulator has at last approved the Pfizer vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds, this blind spot is becoming even more glaring..
- Clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) children, meanwhile – who are desperate for protection themselves – are barely being mentioned..
- I’ve heard from parents whose children have effectively been banned from classrooms because their disability means they’re unable to socially distance..
- At the same time as missing school, children with disabilities have also had respite care and community schemes pulled;.
- a survey by the Disabled Children Partnership found three-quarters of families with special needs had lost out on care and support services during lockdown….