NYDA Applauds Gov Cuomo And Others For Including Individuals With Intellectual/Development In Phase 1A

December 17, 2020

New York Disability Advocates (NYDA) today applauded Governor Cuomo and his administration for including individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD).

Living in certified residential settings and the staff that supports them in Phase 1A of the State’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan.

A recent study by researchers from Syracuse University and SUNY Upstate Medical University, featuring data collected by NYDA, showed that COVID-19 presents a greater risk to individuals with I/DD, especially to those individuals who live in residential programs.

“We are thankful to Governor Cuomo and his administration for including individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities who live in residential settings and the Direct Service Professionals who care for them in Phase 1A of the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan,” said New York Disability Advocates President Tom McAlvanah. “Their inclusion in the first vaccine phase is a significant victory and a potentially life-saving measure, as these individuals are considered incredibly high risk of contracting and being impacted by COVID-19. Further, the Direct Service Professionals who care for them are essential workers on the front lines every day.”

Phase 1A of the COVID-19 Vaccine distribution plan is expected to begin the week of December 21st, 2020.

New York Disability Advocates (NYDA) is a statewide coalition of seven non-profit provider associations encompassing more than 300 non-profits agencies providing vital services and support to more than 140,000 New Yorkers with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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