COVID-19 Update
January 12, 2021

Advocacy on Vaccination Reporting to OPWDD
Representatives from The Arc New York, The New York Alliance, and Cerebral Palsy Association of NYS met with The Office for People with Disabilities (OPWDD) leadership this morning to discuss potential improvements to the vaccination reporting system. We have heard concerns from a number of our Chapters regarding difficulties they are experiencing with reporting, especially the volume of emails generated by the Redcap system. This meeting aimed to address these concerns and work collaboratively toward solutions. 

OPWDD must meet certain reporting requirements as part of the state's larger vaccination data collection effort. However, their leadership is willing to address some of the current issues to ensure the reporting process is as simple and efficient for providers as possible.

We advanced a number of suggestions this morning, and OPWDD committed to exploring the feasibility of these options. The same representatives will meet again later this week to discuss those findings and next steps. We will share any potential improvements to the process with you in advance of implementation. 

Please don't hesitate to reach out with your thoughts on the vaccination reporting process.

NYSDOH Webinar on State Vaccination Plan
Last night, The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) held a webinar addressing next steps of the State's vaccination plan. The webinar included a question and answer session with the Commissioner of the Department of Health. You can view the full recording here. The Q&A begins at 37 minutes. 

Second State of The State 
Governor Cuomo delivered the second in his series of four State of the State addresses today, with a focus on the future New York's economic recovery, reopening the state, becoming a leader in the green energy economy, and strengthening New York's infrastructure. You can view the full speech here

Call to Action: Vaccine Priority for New Yorkers With I/DD
The Arc New York has launched a statewide grassroots campaign advocating that all people with I/DD receive Phase 1 vaccination priority. If you haven't yet added your voice to this important initiative, follow this link, provide your information, and the letter will be sent right to your representative's email. 

This and all related updates will be cataloged on The Arc New York COVID-19 Resource Page for future reference. Please contact us if you have questions regarding any of this information. 

Josh Christiana, Director for Quality, Compliance & Chapter Relations

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