On December 10, we published an issue brief by Scott Landes and colleagues titled Less Worthy Lives? We Must Prioritize People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation. As a result, he was featured in this Washington Post article to speak on the issue. His research indicates that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are two to three times more likely to die from COVID19. He encourages government officials to increase their focus on those with IDD when prioritizing vaccine distribution and reporting outbreaks and mortality rates.
He says, “To me, it’s unconscionable. We know this is a vulnerable health population. We can show they’re not doing well. I just cannot fathom why states are being allowed to not report. If states had a greater focus on the pandemic’s impact on the disabled, vaccination prioritization would be much clearer. You would have the evidence to tell you what needs to be done.”