Last week The Arc of California submitted comments to the newly established Community Vaccine Advisory Committee within the California Department of Public Health. Our comments stressed the heroic work of direct support professionals and family caregivers during the pandemic protecting the health of people with disabilities – who are more likely to develop serious illness if infected with COVID-19. We urged the committee to prioritize the IDD community when the state determines guidelines for access and distribution of vaccines. Our submitted comments can be viewed here
Additionally, the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) has developed this FAQ on COVID-19 vaccine distribution considerations fo the disability community.
To learn more about the Community Vaccine Advisory Committee and California’s vaccination plan go to https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/NR20-311.aspx