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Learning disability charity supports residents to take up the jab


Dean, aged 29 from Walsall, receiving his COVID-19 vaccination.

The COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and others from the virus. Having support from peers and trusted professionals and receiving the right information is essential to helping individuals make an informed choice.


Midland Mencap is one organisation that has supported individuals with disabilities to get their COVID-19 vaccination. They recently helped Dean, aged 29 from Walsall, to make an informed choice to have his vaccination.


The charity is taking part in the COVID-19 Community Champions programme run by Walsall for All, Walsall Council and the local NHS. The programme provides funding for community groups to promote the benefits of vaccination to their members and service users.


Helena Whitehouse, from Midland Mencap, described the support that was offered to Dean:


“We initially approached our citizens to raise awareness of the COVID-19 vaccination. However, when we heard from Dean in particular, he was uncertain about whethe