People with developmental disabilities are not being adequately prioritized in plans to distribute COVID-19 vaccines, advocates say, even though they’re more likely to die from the virus.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield approved a recommendation from the agency’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices earlier this month on how initial doses of forthcoming vaccines should be distributed. The shots are expected to be in short supply, so access will be limited.
Under the recommendations, vaccines will first go to health care workers as well as residents of long-term care facilities. The committee will meet again to determine who should be part of the next phases of the rollout.