P-05-1116 Prioritise people with a learning disability to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in Wales



P-05-1116 Prioritise people with a learning disability to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in Wales


This petition was submitted by John Gillibrand, having collected a total of 1,913 signatures.


Text of Petition:                     

With the big news that there’s a COVID vaccine that’s been approved and the rollout will soon begin - it’s crucial we get this right. The current list of who will get inoculated first does not prioritize people with learning disabilities - even though they’re SIX TIMES more likely to die of coronavirus according to Public Health England (Wales stats are yet to be published). Even worse, those with learning disabilities between 18 and 34 are 30 times more likely to die.


Additional Information:

I’ve started this petition for learning disabled people to be included in the priority list because I’m scared for my son. He’s a young adult living in full time care - if the coronavirus were to get into the care home, it could be devastating for him, and others with learning disabilities he lives with, and across the UK.


We need to make sure this group is protected and I want to see a more prioritised vaccination list - taking into account those with higher mortality rates from COVID19.


Older people should be vaccinated first, but people, like my son, who are at a high risk from the virus are only sixth on the list - surely we need a more targeted strategy as the rollout begins?


Please sign my petition so that people with learning disabilities aren’t forgotten as we see a light at the end of the tunnel.


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This petition was considered completed by the Petitions Committee at its meeting on 16/03/2021.


The Committee considered the petition and welcomed the increased prioritisation now being given to people with a learning disability in the Covid-19 vaccination programme. In light of this, the Committee agreed to congratulate the petitioner and close the petition.


Full details of the consideration of this petition by the Committee and related documents can be seen on the Meetings tab above.

It was first considered by the Petitions Committee on 09/02/2021.



Senedd Constituency and Region

  • Gower
  • South Wales West


Further information



Business type: Petition

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

Status: Complete

First published: 04/02/2021