The joint committee on vaccination has advised the government that everyone on the GP learning disability register should be prioritised for Covid vaccine.

The BBC has confirmed that this means 150,000 people with severe disabilities at a higher risk will be offered a jab more quickly in England.

However, those with mild learning disabilities should not expect to be prioritised.

The news follows DJ Jo Whiley’s appeal for people such as her sister Frances to be vaccinated as soon as possible.

Whiley took her story public after being offered the vaccine before her sister, who has a rare genetic syndrome and lives in residential care.

Frances is currently recovering after being admitted to hospital with coronavirus earlier this week.

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A man with cerebral palsy says he is “loving every single minute” of DJing on video calls for other people with disabilities or those who feel isolated.

Matthew Williams, from Wrexham, said he hoped that once lockdown was over, he would be able to host discos in person.

“The buzz I get from it is unbelievable. It’s not about me, it’s about everyone else, dancing and having fun,” he said.

His mother, Wendy Williams, said his venture had “changed his life and ultimately ours” and that “Matthew has found a purpose “.

Originally published by BBC News, Wednesday 10th February 2021