Mock Clinic Helps People With Special Needs Prepare For Vaccinations.
Disability Scoop (4/29, Shalby) reports, “A standard vaccine clinic, advocates say, isn’t always a conducive place for some people with disabilities to get a shot: Appointment slots are rigid, time to get comfortable within a new environment is limited, waiting areas overwhelm.” The article says mock vaccine clinics allow young people with developmental disabilities practice the process before actually getting their shot.
Healthcare Employees Participate In Programs To Provide COVID-19 Vaccine To Homebound Residents.
Fox News (4/28, Byrne) reports some cities have organized programs to vaccinate homebound people against COVID-19. Healthcare workers in cities such as Allentown, Pennsylvania and Trenton, New Jersey have been traveling to these people’s homes to inoculate them. Those “who run homebound vaccine programs encourage friends and family to schedule at-home vaccines for those who may not have access to phones or internet.”
Uber Now Allows Users To Book Vaccination Appointments At Walgreens.
Reuters (4/28, Bellon) reports Uber’s app now allows its users to book COVID-19 vaccine appointments at Walgreens.
Bloomberg (4/28, Chapman) reports Uber also allows users to book rides to and from the appointment.
Nearly Two-Thirds Of Mississippians Aged 65 And Older Have Received At Least One Dose Of COVID-19 Vaccine.
The AP (4/28, Willingham) reports, “Almost two-thirds of Mississippi residents 65 and older have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, state health officials said Wednesday.” However, “overall numbers of inoculations are lagging in recent weeks – a reflection of a lack of buy-in on the vaccine from young people.”
Philadelphia Inquirer (April 28)
When Natasha Black learned that she was eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine, she said she was excited — and hopeful that daily life might finally get back to normal. Black, a member of a self-advocacy group for people with intellectual disabilities, had spent the year away from family, friends, and work. Isolated in her group home in the Pennsylvania suburbs, she missed being able to take walks, chat with neighbors, play a game of pickup soccer. “I was staying at home every day — we couldn’t do nothing,” said Black, who knew she needed to be especially careful not to get coronavirus. “I was worried. I was bored. I had some hard times,” she said.
New Tool Ranks States Based On COVID-19 Vaccine Signup Website Accessibility.
PatientEngagementHIT (4/27, Heath) reports, “A new tool from the Johns Hopkins Disability Research Center ranks states for how accessible their COVID-19 vaccine signup websites are, helping to broadcast improvements needed in the vaccine access process.” The dashboard was developed in partnership with “the Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities,” and “initially sought to track how people with disabilities had been prioritized for the COVID-19 vaccine.”