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People with disabilities bumped on vaccination list

Policymakers are not prioritizing Americans with disabilities for COVID-19 vaccinations, with several states bumping them down their eligibility lists, advocates say.

Policymakers are not prioritizing Americans with disabilities for COVID-19 vaccinations, with several states bumping them down their eligibility lists, advocates say.

People with disabilities already are at greater risk because they often have underlying health conditions, or co-morbidities, that increase their chances of becoming seriously ill from the coronavirus, said Donna Meltzer, CEO of the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities.

She noted as an example that comorbidities such as being overweight or obese, heart conditions and lower lung capacity can make people with Down syndrome more vulnerable. More here

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