COVID-19 vaccine – the latest

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RCPsych President Dr Adrian James is chairing a discussion this afternoon on understanding the COVID-19 vaccination strategy.

The webinar aims to help you understand some of the thinking behind the vaccine roll-out and the key issues to consider when offering the vaccine to those with a severe mental illness, intellectual disability and/or dementia.

You can hear from:

  • Dr Jonathan Leach OBE, NHS Medical Director for COVID-19 Immunisation, who will give an overview of the vaccination programme
  • Alex Ruck Keene, a barrister and expert in mental capacity and mental health law, who will give an insight into how decisions should be made about the administering of vaccines.
  • Dr Mani Krishnan of the Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry, Dr Ken Courtenay of the Faculty of Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability and Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist Dr Victoria Sullivan, who will highlight some of the ways capacity to consent has been addressed with their patients.

Each of the speakers will do a short presentation on their area of expertise and this will be followed by a Q&A from the audience.

Our lobbying work

The College has been working hard to ensure that people with SMI, intellectual disability and autism are not forgotten in the allocation of COVID vaccines.

We’ve written to the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) and discussed with the Secretary of State Matt Hancock about how these groups are at an elevated risk of morbidity and morality and that inpatients and residential settings are high-risk environments for these patients.

We were pleased to see that when JCVI updated our guidance in December they including our recommendation that adults with severe mental illness, intellectual disability, and/or dementia are included in the priority group to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as other high-risk adults with underlying physical health conditions. 

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