Covid-19 Update – New UK Variant and Vaccines
There is no current evidence that the new UK variant of COVID-19 strain is worse than the previous COVID-19 strain, in terms of severity of illness or risk of death. However, it does spread much more easily, and therefore it is really important to take strict precautions to prevent the spread of the virus. This includes maintaining strict hand hygiene, social distancing and wearing a mask.
As adults with Down syndrome are included in the list of people classed as clinically extremely vulnerable, they should be offered Covid 19 vaccine as part of that group. There is no evidence to suggest that the vaccine poses any additional concerns for people with Down syndrome compared with the general population, and all eligible adults should be offered and encouraged to have the vaccine. For further detail see here
There is very limited evidence of the safety or efficacy of the vaccine in children, and it should not be offered. It may be considered on an individual basis for older children/young people ( Over 12 years) who are extremely vulnerable and at high risk of exposure to infection. See here for further detail.
All information relating to Down syndrome and COVID -19 can be found here. This is being updated to take account of new research findings and updated UK government advice as it becomes available .