Sumary of People with disabilities are being left behind in the vaccination push:
- Accessibility is a major issue for people with disabilities looking to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
- A 2020 NPR analysis found that people with intellectual disabilities died of COVID-19 at higher rates.
- Though a 3-point difference may not seem like much, it translates to millions of people not getting vaccinated, a huge problem when it comes to mitigating the spread of the coronavirus.
- There are several reasons fewer disabled people — including people with physical, developmental, intellectual, psychiatric, and emotional disabilities — are vaccinated.
- Some may not be able to get vaccinated because of medical reasons, such as allergies to the ingredients in the mRNA vaccines and the Johnson &
- Vaccine outreach is not always accessible to people who are deaf or have hearing loss, who may need information in American Sign Language, or to people who are blind or have vision loss, who may need resources in large font or Braille.
- And many vaccine registration websites are inaccessible to people with disabilities.
- WebAIM, a nonprofit that provides web-accessibility services, said in February that it had detected accessibility issues in all but 13 of 94 vaccine-registration websites in the US.Experts say there’s a lack of trustThere may be a deeper reason people with disabilities aren’t getting vaccinated: widespread ableism in the medical profession.