2021 Vaccine Valentines
On January 25, 2021, Governor Newsom announced the elimination of the Phase 1C priority group for COVID-19 vaccination in favor of an age-based approach in California. I created the hashtag #HighRiskCA to create visibility and space for high-risk people under 65 who will be devastated by this change. This is not a singular case; states across the US have differing vaccination plans and prioritization of high-risk groups.
Here are some valentines you can share with your friends, family, and the special elected representatives in your life. Please encourage people to take action and demand prioritization of all high-risk groups including disabled, chronically ill, higher-weight, and immunocompromised people plus essential workers, and undocumented, unhoused, and incarcerated people. High risk is high risk. We are not disposable. Below you can find some links and resources you can include with your valentines.
And check out these additional lovely valentines by the #NoBodyIsDisposable Coalition, Fat Legal Advocacy Rights and Education Project, and Senior and Disability Action!
A few links and resources to include with these valentines
COVID-19 Vaccine Prioritization Dashboard, Johns Hopkins Disability Health Research Center and the Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities
Action Toolkit for Vaccine Equity, Senior Disability Action, No Body Is Disposable Coalition, the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers and others
Background on vaccine access in California, No Body Is Disposable Coalition
Collection of news, resources, and Tweets from #HighRiskCA
Whose Underlying Conditions Count for Priority in Getting the Vaccine? Liz Bowen, Scientific American
Elevated COVID-19 Mortality Risk Among Recipients of Home and Community-Based Services: A Case for Prioritizing Vaccination for This Population, Dr. H. Stephen Kaye, DREDF
New Analysis of COVID-19 Mortality Risk for Californians with Disabilities Under Age 65, Dr. H. Stephen Kaye, DREDF
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