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Exemption Process for those with disabilities trending idea

Provide alternative prophylactic options for exemptions from vaccination for persons with disabilities. Many people have been advised to use proven alternatives to vaccination due to specific medical counter indications for their specific disability to use of vaccines.  There are currently no exemption procedures for these persons. They are especially hard hit by Covid barriers and possible stigma of non- vaccination.... more »

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Take it to the Community trending idea

I'm talking about mobile vaccination units. There are many areas of our country that are rural. In that case, in my opinion, states or their counties, or municipalities should create websites where people with disabilities either in rural areas, or those who simply are not mobile can register for a mobile vaccination unit to go to them. This will ensure more of our community gets vaccinated.

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Communication and Outreach trending idea

Outreach is critical for ensuring that the disability community is engaged in the process of creating an accessible vaccine distribution process, sharing information within the community, increasing vaccine confidence and communicating how individuals with disabilities can be vaccinated with appropriate accommodations. As states improve their distribution process, this active outreach is also necessary to improve awareness... more »

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Transportation to and from Vaccination Sites

Transportation to and from vaccination sites is an important part of the vaccination process. States may want to consider supporting efforts by transportation, public health and emergency medical services sectors in identifying ways to collaborate to ensure all Americans living in urban and rural areas have access to accessible transportation necessary to receive a vaccination.

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Accommodations at Vaccination Sites

State and local policymakers may want to consider adopting procedures at vaccination sites to accommodate individuals with disabilities, including individuals who have difficulties waiting for long periods due to sensory disabilities. For example, some people with autism or who have experienced trauma are sensitive to lights, sounds, smells, or touch, which makes waiting in lines in busy settings and wearing masks for... more »

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Vaccination Registration Websites and Mobile Apps

State and local policymakers should ensure that individuals with disabilities can easily navigate vaccine registration websites and any other digital components of the vaccination process. As part of this, they should ensure vaccination registration websites are accessible to and usable by people with disabilities. Additionally, updates about new priority groups and appointment slots should be available in multiple formats,... more »

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Vaccination Distribution Prioritization

According to the National Council on Disability (https://www.ncd.gov/publications/2021/ncd-letter-nga-re-vaccine-allocation), people with disabilities are disproportionately affected by the COVID–19 virus, particularly individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD) and individuals with disabilities with underlying health conditions that place them at risk for contracting the virus, as well as a higher... more »

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Disability-Inclusive Vaccination Policies for States & Local

State and local policymakers may want to consider addressing the following topics to maximize the likelihood their policies and programs are disability-inclusive:

• Employer workplace vaccination programs;

• Vaccination distribution prioritization;

• Vaccination registration websites and mobile apps;

• Vaccination physical sites and accommodations at sites;

• Transportation to and from vaccination sites; and

• Communication... more »

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