People with intellectual and developmental disabilities are at a higher risk of infection or severe illness if they contract COVID-19 because of underlying medical conditions. Therefore, Pennsylvania designated staff who work with them to be in the first group to receive the vaccine. Our staff found the entire process to be easy to manage, from signing up to getting vaccinated. Staff and participants will continue to follow all CDC-recommended guidelines including social distancing, mask-wearing and hand hygiene as long as necessary, but being able to get the vaccine is a great step to getting this pandemic under control.
As Lead Community Coach Alex said: “Getting the vaccine helps bring me closer to peace of mind knowing that I can help keep my family, those who I work with, and community safe. It represents patience and resilience during this turbulent time."