Hot on the heels of news from Pfizer/BioNTech last week, Moderna have issued a press release today on the efficacy of its coronavirus vaccine

As anticipated, the news is good with a claimed 94.5% (p <0.0001) vaccine efficacy. More than 30,000 participants were enrolled in the study in the US and the interim analysis is based on confirmed COVID-19 in 95 participants, 90 of whom were in the placebo group.

Encouragingly, of the 11 cases of severe disease, all were in the placebo group. The study was skewed to include those at high risk with 7,000 > 65 years, 5,000 under 65 years but with high-risk chronic diseases and 11,000 BAME. 15 of the COVID-19 cases were in adults > 65 years and 20 were in BAME participants. Importantly, the data safety and monitoring board (DSMB) reported no significant safety concerns.

The Moderna vaccine uses mRNA technology similar to the Pfizer vaccine. A reason why these have reached significant efficacy before other vaccines is that mRNA vaccines can be engineered from the genetic code of the virus and do not require viral culture, thereby accelerating the development pathway. Thermal stability once again is an issue, though the Moderna vaccine is claimed to be stable at -20C (typical lab freezer temperature) and not to require storage at very low temperature.

While the efficacy study will continue to run to completion, requiring 151 cases of COVID-19 with 2 months of follow-up, Moderna, like Pfizer, will be applying to the FDA for Emergency Use Authorisation now. Right Arrow

Vicky Ford MP Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families 9 November 2020

To all children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), their parents/carers and families, and others who support them.

Full Letter on link below

Stepping down from Shielding

COVID-19: BCCA updated guidance for patients, parents, charities and support
groups: Returning to work and education, 2 September 2020

New letter from Minister Ford

Letter from Minister Ford to children and young people with SEND, their families and carers, and those who work to support them

Social story explaining to children why they will see people wearing masks

MaskClick link to access pdf story - Social story explaining to kids why they will see people wearing masks.

The Rare Reality of Covid-19

Leaflet prepared by Genetic Alliance
July 2020
People living with rare conditions have been placed under immense pressure by the Covid-19
pandemic. Access to appropriate support, information, care and treatments has become more
difficult and levels of social isolation have been increased.
In this report, we present findings from the EURORDIS Rare Barometer Covid-19 Experience Survey,
and from our weekly community meetings during the months of April, May and June 2020.

Anxious Child

A booklet for parents and carers wanting
to know more about anxiety in children
and young people

Helping children cope with change

A Great leaflet to help children cope with change.

Getting ready for school

getting ready for schoolClick link for a great poster to help you get ready for school

37 million to support children with complex needs

Gov UKPress release
37 million to support children with complex needs
The multi-million-pound settlement will help low-income families with seriously ill or disabled children with the cost of equipment, goods or services

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Actions for education and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020

Government Announcement

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Open letter from Vicky Ford MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families, to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, their parents/carers and families, and others who support them, about the wider opening of schools, colleges and other educational settings from 1 June 2020. Right Arrow

Face Coverings

sock maskThe English government is advising that members of the public should consider wearing a face covering to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.
What the government say 'They may be beneficial in places where it is hard to follow maintain social distancing measures. This applies when using public transport, such as trains, buses and metro systems, or when visiting shops.

They do not need to be worn outdoors, while exercising, in schools, in workplaces such as offices and retail, by those who may find them difficult to wear, such as children under two or primary aged children who cannot use them without assistance, or those who may have problems breathing while wearing a face covering'

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Updates to Government Advice

The following are links to the current government advice as of the 13th May 2020 and apply to England only

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Max Appeal Virtual Drop In session

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Child Friendly Explanation of Coronovirus

image covid 19Child friendly explanation of Coronavirus. PDF

Virtual Days Out

Like so many we are all missing our days out with the family, until its safe for us to venture back outside for anything other than exercise, shopping, medical support or essential work we have the found the following virtual days out.
So whether you want to plan ahead for safer times and plan your holidays or take the kids to the Zoo you will find our favourite links here

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Health & Wellbeing

Some useful information to help support your health and well being. Right Arrow

Social Story about Coronavirus

Fabulous social story to help understand what is happening during the Coronavirus crisis. Right Arrow

Home Activities

Hope you find this list of resources for home activities useful during this current crisis. Right Arrow

Coronavirus Advice Updates

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Guide to living with worry and anxiety amidst global uncertainty

Guide to living with worry and anxiety amidst global uncertainty

Resources for Young People

Resources for young people.