The Arc of Massachusetts Releases Statement on Urgent Need to Prioritize Persons with I/DD and Their Caregivers for the COVID-19 Vaccine

The Arc of Massachusetts released the following press statement today in light of another study released on March 5, 2021, which exposes the severe impact on COVID-19 for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and autism. This study of over 64 million patients across 547 health care organizations reveals that having an intellectual disability is the greatest risk factor, other than old age, associated with COVID-19 deaths. We are asking to please prioritize individuals with I/DD and autism and their caregivers during Phase 2 of vaccine distribution in Massachusetts.

The full Press Release is included below. Please also use this action alert to contact your Legislators to advocate for vaccine prioritization today.

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  1. This needs to be done please

  2. L.J.W. DDS Service Coordinator

    Please prioritize people with ID/DD and autism… and all of their caregivers. It’s so crucial during this difficult time. Please help to show they are valued.

  3. They also need to make accommodations, such as my son in his 30s he Will only do it if his doctor gives it to him because of well we move to Michigan to be near my grandchildren we were poisoned trust is an issue also. I’m hearing a lot of people on the spectrum same thing

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