In cooperation with Hendricks Regional Health, Sycamore Services will begin a pilot vaccine program hosting one of two COVID-19 vaccination clinics in the State of Indiana that will specifically serve individuals with disabilities and their staff. Initial vaccination efforts will focus on individuals living in congregate settings and will later expand to include others. Days and times for vaccines will be limited and the first group in the pilot program will be vaccinated on Friday, January 15. Vaccines will be administered by medical personnel from Hendricks Regional Health who are volunteering their time to help ensure that we get as many individuals as possible vaccinated against COVID-19.
According to multiple research studies, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities contract COVID-19 at a much higher rate than the general population. Unfortunately, this group also has suffered a higher rate of death from complications of COVID-19. The reasons for this are varied but center around higher instances of underlying medical conditions that put individuals with disabilities at risk of COVID-19 complications, as well as challenges following recommended precautions such as wearing a face mask, social distancing and regular hand washing.
Sycamore Services recognizes the urgency in getting individuals served, and their direct support staff, vaccinated against COVID-19. We are honored to have been selected by the State to lead efforts in vaccinating individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.