Getting COVID-19 vaccines into the arms of New Yorkers with developmental disabilities has been a challenge for many reasons – including the fact that some mass reservation systems and mass vaccination sites are not equipped to handle people with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.
On February 17, at the Center for Disability Services, we distributed 450 vaccinations to people with disabilities from around the region-- 300 from Albany County and 150 from Albany Med. This is a very proud moment for the Center! This is all thanks to a group effort from the Vaccination Hub for recognizing the need to make the vaccine accessible to individuals with disabilities.
“This is a highly vulnerable population that, because of their disabilities, can’t easily be served at the regular mass vaccination sites. Our facility is specifically designed for them so this works,” Center for Disability Services President and CEO Greg Sorrentino said. “It’s taken a lot of effort to get to this point but we’re thankful to the Capital Region Vaccination Hub for prioritizing individuals with developmental disabilities.”
Thank you to our partners in the community, Dr. McKenna from Albany Med, NYSID, Purchasing That Powers Employment, Assemblymember John McDonald, Daniel McCoy - Albany County Executive for helping make this possible.