Learning disability vaccination clinic helps protect vulnerable patients

Patients in Wakefield with learning disabilities have received protection against COVID-19 at a special, dedicated vaccination clinic.

Vaccination clinic at Sandal rugby club

The specially arranged session, which offered both first and second doses of the vaccine, took place in September at Sandal Rugby Club.

The tailored clinic was a slower paced session for patients with learning disabilities, offering first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. There was a collaborative team of staff from NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Primary Care Network and the community learning disabilities team from South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Natalie Knowles, Primary Care Development Manager, NHS Wakefield CCG and one of the nurses vaccinating at the clinic said: “Working at the COVID-19 vaccination clinic for those with learning disabilities really has been one of the best moments of my career.  Working with patients and family/carers who have never had a vaccine before and being able to give then their COVID-19 vaccine was amazing.

The work of the teams from all different areas of the NHS really helped make these seasons as patient orientated and successful as they could be.”

The session was made as inviting and comfortable – including the use of equipment (giant bean bag) and distraction techniques.  This tailored session enabled extremely vulnerable patients to be vaccinated.