Camphill School completes second round of vaccines for young people with learning disabilities

Camphill School Aberdeen has completed 98% take-up of its second round of Covid-19 vaccines for young people with learning disabilities and complex additional support needs.

Thursday, 20th May 2021, 12:00 am
Aloyise and Hilary Mulligan with their son, Niall attending the onsite vaccination centre

Spread over three sites along the Dee Valley, it provides lifechanging residential and day services for over 90 children and young adults with learning disabilities and complex additional support needs, including autism.

All eligible young people have now been vaccinated, made possible through collaboration between NHS Grampian and Dr Stefan Geider, Camphill Medical Practice NHS GP and Camphill School medical adviser.

Transforming an onsite gym into a “pop-up” vaccination centre created a clinically safe, yet familiar, space for the young students, many of whom struggle with changes to their normal routine.

Taking into account the specific needs of each young person, experienced medical and support staff adapted their approach to ensure that getting vaccinated was as stress free as possible. In addition, attending in house ‘bubbles’ allowed students to be less anxious about the vaccination, playing an important role in encouraging their peers.

Student Callum, said: “I was very, very excited to hear that I would get my vaccination jab. I hope that it will help with getting things back to normal. It has been a tough year and I hope that we can get back to our normal routines soon. I hope that now I have had it that I will encourage many people to go and get vaccinated.”

Mum Amanda Hayward said: “As a parent of a young adult with additional support needs, I was very worried about the whole process of my son receiving the vaccine. Therefore, it was a great relief for us to be able to get him vaccinated at Camphill. The whole process was so well thought out - an amazing team effort with everyone involved.”

Camphill School, Alex Busch, CEO said: “Our young people have been truly remarkable during the pandemic. The vast majority did not see their parents for months on end, except ‘virtually’ and have been surprisingly resilient. We adapted to keep everyone safe yet still participating in a variety of daily activities. Many parents have told us we were a lifeline for them and their families during this difficult year.”