The development of a coronavirus vaccine has been a major focus of attempts to control the pandemic. While one has not yet been approved, the federal government as well as state and local governments have begun to think through allocation and distribution of a potential vaccine in an effort to ensure that if or when one or more of the vaccines in development are approved, it can be quickly and effectively distributed.
Whether a vaccine is approved through the regular approval process or through emergency use authorization, there is not expected to be a large enough supply immediately to vaccinate everyone, making it especially important that these plans are considered carefully. Given the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the disability community, advocates have made it a priority to push for allocation frameworks and distribution plans to effectively address the community’s concerns.
In October, the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) released principles for vaccine allocation that you can read here. These include, among other things:
- Prioritization of people in all congregate settings and who receive home and community-based services (HCBS)
- Prioritization of workers in all congregate settings and who provide HCBS
- Ensuring that both the information and the means of distribution are accessible
- Ensuring compliance with federal civil rights law and guidance
More resources related to vaccine allocation can be found below and we will continue to update this page with additional resources as they become available.