Coronavirus Disease COVID-19 – REALM Update Page
January 18th 2021 Update
January 7th 2021 Update
Via Inclusion BC
As BC rolls out its vaccination strategy, we have been receiving questions about the process and how the needs of people with intellectual disabilities are being addressed.
The BCCDC website outlines who will be receiving the first vaccines. People living in group homes (this includes people with intellectual disabilities) are among the first two groups to receive a vaccine, in February and March. We do not know at this time what that roll-out will look like and when it will begin but will send updates as we receive them.
Studies around the world have shown that people with intellectual disabilities are at higher risk for COVID-19 due to a variety of factors. The vaccine strategy in B.C. and Canada should address the unique needs of people with intellectual disabilities who are at higher risk, including:
- Older adults with intellectual disabilities,
- People with intellectual disabilities who have have underlying health conditions,
- People living in congregate settings such as group homes, and
- Staff supporting people who are at higher risk.
Easy Read Information About the COVID Vaccine
These easy read booklets give helpful information about the COVID vaccine in Canada. Click on the images below to read and download. Visit the Health Care Access Research and Developmental Disities (HCARDD) website for more plain language information about COVID-19 and the vaccine.
December 23 Update
Please visit our Late 2020 COVID Financial Support page to learn more about 2 programs that are available. Note the deadline to apply to one of the two programs is December 31st 2020.