We have now been informed by the HSE that the majority of adults with Down syndrome will receive their vaccination through their disability service. They are starting with those adults in residential disability services, followed by those attending day services.
These people do not need to contact their GP or the HSE. They will be put on the list for vaccination by their disability service and given their vaccination as soon as possible.
People 16 and over who are not linked in with a disability service should contact their GP practice.
GP practices will contact national vaccination lead for disabilities: Marie Kehoe-O’Sullivan: firstname.lastname@example.org or 087 1523454 to inform her of any people with Down syndrome over 16 years old in their practice who are not linked to a disability service.
These people will then be added to the vaccination list in each CHO.
The vaccines currently available have not been approved for use on people under 16, so there is currently no vaccination programme for children aged 15 or younger.
We have some information to support members about vaccinations that could be helpful at this time.
We are monitoring the situation closely and will let you know if anything changes.