Governments are starting to give the COVID-19 vaccines to some people across the country. This is exciting because as more people get vaccinated, life can get back to normal. However, some people are worried about when people with disabilities will receive the vaccine. 

There is a lot of information available about the vaccines. It’s important that this information comes from reliable sources. We put together this blog post to give people with a disability and their families accurate and accessible information.

General Information

The government of Canada has created a 2 page info sheet explaining what the vaccine does and how it is given to everyone. They also have information about the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, which includes:

  • How it works 
  • Possible side effects 
  • Vaccine safety

Check out the resources from The Centre for Effective Practice for more answers to your vaccine questions. 

Upcoming Webinar on the COVID-19 Vaccine

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is hosting a question and answer webinar with Doctor Bill Sullivan who will answer your questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. The webinar is on January 19 from 1:00pm-2:00pm (Eastern Time). You can register here.

Information for People with a Disability & Families

CAMH  has also built 2 easy-read guides that are available for downloadThings to Know about the COVID Vaccine and What Happens when I get the COVID Vaccine.

Our friends at Inclusion Saskatchewan made an easy read guide to help people as they make decisions about getting the COVID vaccine. This guide is available here: Plain Language SDM COVID Vaccine Jan 2021 (filesusr.com)

Information for Policy Makers

Inclusion Canada and its Federation are advocating for priority access to vaccines for the disability community. The International Disability Alliance (IDA) has created 8 recommendations for governments. These explain why people with disabilities, their families, and people who support them should be given early access to the vaccine.  You can read these recommendations here.

The Royal Society of Canada has made research available that shows people with intellectual disabilities are more likely than the general population to get COVID-19 and have more severe outcomes.  You can access this research here.

Inclusion Canada will continue to provide up-to-date information about vaccines so you can make the best decision for yourself and your family. You can find this information and other COVID 19 resources on our social media and COVID-19 & Disability webpage.