Daphne Santos Lead Community Learning Disability Mental Health Nurse (pictured left)
“We work with and support adults with learning disabilities who present with physical and mental health needs in the community.
“People with learning disabilities experience many health inequalities, and latest research from the Mortality Review into COVID-19 deaths shows that people with learning disabilities are 6 x more likely to die of Covid, than the general population. People with learning disabilities between the ages of 16-34 are 30 times more likely to die of COVID-19, than people in the same age group without disabilities, which is a very shocking statistic.
“Supported living residents are also at higher risk of getting COVID-19 due to the environment that they live in. Therefore, I felt it was my duty as a nurse to get vaccinated, in order to protect the vulnerable client group I work with. In turn, getting the vaccination also protects me and my own family and friends. I would encourage all working with vulnerable groups of individuals to get vaccinated.”
“I got the vaccine because I believe it’s the most effective way of ending the pandemic, which has seen a huge death toll, as well as affecting many valuable industries, our culture, economy, mental health, and so many things that make us who we are.
"I think the vaccine is testament to our resilience, ingenuity and ability to adapt. I am not worried about its safety, as there have been many coronaviruses which have already been widely studied, and all that knowledge has been put towards this vaccine. We are not getting the actual virus, the vaccine is just teaching our immune cells to recognise the virus and fight it. It is not changing our DNA, it is merely teaching it one extra skill in terms of recognising Covid-19. This is a superpower in a global pandemic and I hope more people will come on board.”