The Pandemic’s Toll On People With Learning Disabilities

This article, from the BMJ explores how the covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on people with learning disabilities across the world. The linked paper by the OpenSAFELY collaborative led by Williamson and colleagues (doi:10.1136/bmj.n1592) makes an important contribution to the evidence on how the pandemic has affected this vulnerable group.1 The findings that people … Continue reading The Pandemic’s Toll On People With Learning Disabilities

Report: How We Spent Our Time In Lockdown

This is a Time Use Survey from the Government explaining the differences between how people in Great Britain spent their time during coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions in March and April 2020 and March 2021. Main points How we spent our time changed substantially between the first lockdown (March to April 2020) and March 2021; we spent … Continue reading Report: How We Spent Our Time In Lockdown

BMJ Newsletter – Medical Updates

This is the latest newsletter from the BMJ (British Medical journal). As ever, it draws on a good range of voices and opinions and provides a good overview of the issues of the day (medical and medical-related). The covid-19 pandemic took power from the people Who decides when covid-19 restrictions are lifted? A government might … Continue reading BMJ Newsletter – Medical Updates

Covid-19: Booster vaccine to be rolled out in autumn

The UK will roll out a covid-19 booster vaccine at the beginning of autumn in order to protect the most vulnerable ahead of winter, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced. As part of this, the government’s vaccines taskforce has secured an additional 60m doses of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine, which will … Continue reading Covid-19: Booster vaccine to be rolled out in autumn

Single Vaccine Dose Cuts Virus Transmission

Adults infected with covid-19 three weeks after receiving one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine were 38-49% less likely to pass the virus on to their household contacts than people who were unvaccinated, a preprint released by Public Health England has shown.1 The research looked at the proportion of household contacts who tested positive … Continue reading Single Vaccine Dose Cuts Virus Transmission

Coronavirus and the social impacts on Great Britain: 16 April 2021

The latest Government Coronavirus and the social impacts on Great Britain report is out. It is based on the Indicators from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey covering the periods 31 March to 4 April and 7 April to 11 April 2021 to understand the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on people, households and communities … Continue reading Coronavirus and the social impacts on Great Britain: 16 April 2021

Report, Unequal Impact? Coronavirus, disability and access to services

The Women and Equalities Committee published its Report Unequal Impact? Coronavirus, disability and access to services: full Report (HC 1050), on 22 December 2020. The Women and Equalities Committee is appointed by the House of Commons to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Government Equalities Office (GEO). The Report considered disabled people's access to … Continue reading Report, Unequal Impact? Coronavirus, disability and access to services

Report: Coronavirus and clinically extremely vulnerable people in England

Coronavirus and clinically extremely vulnerable people in England: 18 January to 30 January 2021. This is a Government report which offers analysis of clinically extremely vulnerable people in England during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including their behaviours and mental and physical well-being. The full report can be viewed here. Below are some of the main … Continue reading Report: Coronavirus and clinically extremely vulnerable people in England

Vaccination: Don’t Let Your Guard Down Too Soon!

Health services are observing a rise in Coronavirus infections in people shortly after they have received their first vaccination, suggesting that many people are letting their guard down before the vaccine has taken effect. Earlier this month a study led by Public Health England of vaccination in the over 70s found a “notable” rise in … Continue reading Vaccination: Don’t Let Your Guard Down Too Soon!

Department of Public Health Backs Vaccine Safety

I am worried that the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine isn’t safe as I’ve heard some countries are stopping using it – should I still have it? It's a question that's been concerning some people in recent days! Here's what the Department for Public Health has said to reassure those of us who are receiving the vaccine: … Continue reading Department of Public Health Backs Vaccine Safety