Autism Anglia is working with the NHS to provide an ‘autism friendly’ space for vaccinations in Colchester. The need was recognised by the Advocacy team at Autism Anglia as many of the service users were extremely nervous about their vaccinations and recognised that the environment and experience would need adjusting for neurodivergent adults and children.

Autism Anglia is a member of the Regional Stakeholder Network, Eastern Region. The issue of vaccinating autistic children and adults was highlighted at a recent ministerial covid briefing, by Annie Sands the Advocacy Manager.

The Regional Stakeholder Network brings the views of disabled people, local disability organisations, disabled people led organisations, and organisations that represent disabled people closer to government

This unique event is being held at Jigsaw Centre, 227 Gosbecks Road, Colchester, CO2 9JT on Saturday 12th March.

The event will be supported by the experienced team at Autism Anglia and will offer an autism friendly environment to help autistic individuals, their families and carers feel as comfortable as possible. It is believed to be the first of its kind in the country.

They are working with the NHS to make adjustments to reduce stress and sensory input. Staff from the charity’s Advocacy Team will be available for support and reassurance throughout the day.

I just wanted to get in touch to say a massive THANK YOU to the wonderful Autism Anglia team and NHS staff at the Kingsland Church on 15/01 who were carrying out the Covid jabs. My son Seth was particularly anxious (as was I!) but they were absolutely fantastic, calm and patient. Nothing was too much, they went above and beyond to help Seth. The whole operation was brilliant and just goes to show the absolute need for this service. I sincerely hope that this will be happening again very soon. Thanks again to all the wonderful people involved.

The service is available to ages twelve and above residing in North East Essex and will offer Pfizer, 1st, 2nd and 3rd or booster vaccines.  Spaces will need to be booked in advance, this is to ensure more time is given to individuals that need it and there will be less need to queue.

Other adjustments offered on the day for those with autism or co-morbid conditions will include:

  • Tailored communication methods
  • Visual aids/social story
  • Reduced environmental stimuli  
  • NHS staff wearing plain clothes
  • Relaxed appointments

To book an appointment please CLICK HERE

Alternatively you can call call 01206 577678 or email [email protected]


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Vaccination

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