Vaccination is still the best remedy to stay safe from the COVID virus and our best chance to end the pandemic. If you haven’t gotten a vaccination, please get one. And we are now entering a period where Covid booster shots are being offered.
The CDC has identified people with disabilities (including intellectual disabilities) among the people with higher risk for COVID and included them in the priority population for booster shots:
From the CDC website:
“Most people with disabilities are not more likely to become infected with or have severe illness from COVID-19. However, some people with disabilities might be more likely to get infected or have severe illness because of underlying medical conditions, congregate living settings, or systemic health and social inequities. All people with serious underlying chronic medical conditions like chronic lung disease, a serious heart condition, or a weakened immune system seem to be more likely to get severely ill from COVID-19. Adults with disabilities are three times more likely than adults without disabilities to have heart disease, diabetes, cancer, or a stroke.
Disability groups and risk
If you have one of the disability types listed below, you might be at increased risk of becoming infected or having an unrecognized illness. You should discuss your risk of illness with your healthcare provider.
- People who have limited mobility or who cannot avoid coming into close contact with others who may be infected, such as direct support providers and family members
- People who have trouble understanding information or practicing preventive measures, such as hand washing and social distancing
- People who may not be able to communicate symptoms of illness”
The latest CDC data supporting the booster shot says:
“Studies show that after getting vaccinated against COVID-19, protection against the virus may decrease over time and be less able to protect against the Delta variant. Although COVID-19 vaccination for adults aged 65 years and older remains effective in preventing severe disease, recent data pdf icon[4.7 MB, 88 pages] suggest vaccination is less effective at preventing infection or milder illness with symptoms. Emerging evidence also shows that among healthcare and other frontline workers, vaccine effectiveness against COVID-19 infections is decreasing over time. This lower effectiveness is likely due to the combination of decreasing protection as time passes since getting vaccinated (e.g., waning immunity) as well as the greater infectiousness of the Delta variant.”
Data from a small clinical trial show that a Pfizer-BioNTech booster shot increased the immune response in trial participants who finished their primary series 6 months earlier. With an increased immune response, people should have improved protection against COVID-19, including the Delta variant.”
Right now, booster shots are only approved for people who got the Pfizer vaccine. More information on the Moderna and J&J vaccines is expected soon.
Showing your COVID card
You should have received a record of your COVID vaccinations when you received your injections. More and more, proof of vaccination is being requested at public venues, sports events, restaurants, and other locations.
Be prepared and carry your card with you for your own convenience.
IN PHILADELPHIA: Find a City-run vaccination clinic here
Current situation and risk to Philadelphia
- Number of cases of COVID-19 in Philadelphia: 176,025
- Number of negative test results of COVID-19 in Philadelphia: 2,704,879
- Number of COVID-19 deaths in Philadelphia: 3,892
- Overall risk in Philadelphia: high risk of community transmission