Ten months into the COVID-19 pandemic many lessons have been learned on how to live in these most challenging of times. At the same time, we should remember how quickly we adapted to these challenges. Consider how quickly we discovered how to keep in touch with the people most important to us, without physically being with them.
On Friday, January 8, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services issued an important update regarding the COVID-19 vaccine distribution for all home-based healthcare workers working in Massachusetts who will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Phase 1 of the roll-out beginning in February.
This past week, we said farewell to a leader with a steady hand who has been a friend to The Arc and others since joining the legislature in late 1991: Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo. The State House News article quoted Speaker DeLeo’s overarching philosophy: that “what this job is all about, very simply, is helping people.”
As many of you know may know by now, many residential providers (congregate homes in the Department of Developmental Services) have been provided appointments for vaccinations for individuals with disabilities and staff. This update is a snapshot for what to expect. We thank the Department of Developmental Services for the information. Please note some of this information will change as the vaccination process evolves.