Recently, Kody Olson, MCD policy advisor, appeared on Minnesota Public Radio to discuss the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine.
“We know that folks with intellectual and developmental disabilities have been disproportionately harmed by COVID-19. I would call it an assault on the disability community,” said Olson. “COVID-19 has disrupted the way that people have lived in the communities. It’s disrupted how they receive their home care services or independent living services.”
Olson went on to discuss the vaccination efforts for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. “In general, all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are included in Phase 1c for vaccination.” The state is currently in the early part of Phase 1a, so we are not at that point yet.
People may potentially be vaccinated sooner, depending on a variety of factors, such as where they live, their job, and age. It will take several months to get through all the phases, however. Patience is critical.
In general, people with disabilities and underlying health conditions should communicate with their primary care provider on their eligibility. Service providers should talk with their employers about receiving the vaccine. How quickly we move through the phases will depend on the vaccine supply from the federal government.
Finally, everyone (whether vaccinated or not) needs to continue taking steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
If you have further questions on the COVID-19 vaccine, call the Minnesota Department of Health Helpline at 651-297-1304 or email Kody at firstname.lastname@example.org.