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Priority for COVID-19 vaccine must include those with intellectual/developmental disabilities – Royal Society of Canada

Annette Majnemer and Patrick McGrath discuss the importance of including individuals with intellectual disabilities on the priority list for the new COVID-19 vaccine.

“Large scale studies have shown that persons with lifelong intellectual/developmental disabilities such as, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorder, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder are more susceptible than the general population to develop COVID-19 infection and to suffer more severe outcomes including death from infection.  Therefore, as the Government of Canada, in conjunction with provincial and local governments, develops a COVID-19 vaccine distribution strategy, it is essential that all persons with developmental or intellectual disabilities, as well as their caregivers (including personal assistants, family members, and persons working in disability-related services) are considered as priority.”

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