After many months, there is finally some positive
news about the coronavirus pandemic – safe and effective vaccines are now
becoming available. This holds the potential to get us all back to something
closer to normal.
Right now, states have identified front-line health care
workers and the most vulnerable to receive vaccines first. That is great news.
However, they didn’t explicitly define direct support professionals as
frontline healthcare workers or people with intellectual or developmental
disabilities they serve as part of the most vulnerable population – even
though people with I/DD are much more likely than the general population to
experience negative outcomes from COVID-19.
Perhaps you have a disability, or care about someone who
does. You definitely have a role you can play in making sure people who need
the vaccine most can get it.
Here’s what you can do: Take a few minutes to contact your
governor to ensure DSPs and people with I/DD are in the highest priority tier
for vaccinations. This will allow for vaccinations for all people living
and working in a single group support/residential setting at the same time. Click here to
reach out via the Bethesda Action Center.
Think about it – if you don’t speak up for this critical
population, who will?
Thank you in advance for taking action and helping us make
2021 a much better year.