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DSRF Advocates for COVID-19 Vaccination for Adults with Down Syndrome

The Down Syndrome Resource Foundation asks the BC provincial government to give individuals with Down syndrome priority access to COVID-19 vaccines

In light of scientific evidence that individuals with Down syndrome are at four times higher risk of hospitalization and ten times higher risk of death from COVID-19 than the typical population, the Down Syndrome Resource Foundation has appealed to the Government of the Province of British Columbia to recognize people with Down syndrome as an increased risk group, and to prioritize them in COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

Specifically, DSRF strongly recommends that adults with Down syndrome over the age of 40 be considered high priority for vaccination, and we believe this is consistent with the province's strategy of reducing deaths first.

In addition, for both physical and mental health reasons, DSRF recommends that individuals with Down syndrome between the ages of 16 and 39 be given priority consideration. Those in this age group are also known to have associated immune dysfunction, congenital heart disease, and pulmonary pathology. Additionally, developmental disabilities are a common characteristic of Down syndrome, which makes this population especially at risk of pandemic-related mental health problems.

Click here to read DSRF's full letter to the Province of BC

DSRF CEO Wayne Leslie appeared on CBC News Network on January 16, 2021 to discuss this important issue. Here's the segment: 


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