COVID-19 Immunization Update from HRC:
Beginning March 15, healthcare providers may use their clinical judgement to vaccinate individuals age 16-64 who are deemed to be at the very highest risk for morbidity and mortality from COVID-19 as a direct result of one or more of the following severe health conditions:
- Cancer, current with debilitated or immunocompromised state
- Chronic kidney disease, stage 4 or above
- Chronic pulmonary disease, oxygen dependent
- Down syndrome
- lmmunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
- Sickle cell disease
- Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies (excludes hypertension)
- Severe obesity (Body Mass Index 2 is greater or equal to 40 kg/m2)
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus with hemoglobin Al c level greater than 7.5%
If as a result of a developmental or other severe high-risk disability, one or more of the following applies:
- The individual is likely to develop severe life-threatening illness or death from COVID-19 infection
- Acquiring COVID-19 will limit the individual's ability to receive ongoing care or services vital to their well-being and survival
- Providing adequate and timely COVID care will be particularly challenging as a result of the individual's disability.
COVID-19 Immunization Phase1A Status Update from HRC:
On Thursday, Feb. 4th, the California Department of Public Health updated their website clarifying that certain family member caregivers of regional center consumers are eligible as healthcare providers for Phase 1A, consistent with the January 13th DDS letter:
This notice includes the following update that certain family member/caregivers are eligible, as described below:
“Are family member caregivers of regional center consumers eligible as healthcare providers for Phase 1A?
“Yes, family member caregivers with direct risk of COVID-19 exposure who care for regional center consumers at high risk of COVID-19 complications and related fatalities including the following conditions:
individuals who have specialized health care needs, including dependence upon ventilators, oxygen, and other technology are eligible.
This does not include other family members within the same household who do not provide direct care to the regional center client.
"Eligible family members must obtain documentation from their regional centers, verifying the qualifying condition of the family member cared for and caregiver status.”
Consistent with this, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) is now directing its staff operating the vaccination clinics that family member caregivers are considered healthcare workers if they can present a letter from their Regional Center with the caregiver’s name(s) and the qualifying condition of the individual served by the Regional Center.
LACDPH has updated their guidance for what to bring to your scheduled vaccine appointment:
A letter from a regional center noting healthcare worker status must include the caregiver’s name and an attestation that the person cared for has a qualifying intellectual or developmental disability as per the DDS letter
AND a photo ID.
LACDPH will NOT accept medical documentation.
The Regional Center is following the guidelines provided by CDPH and LACDPH and has no jurisdiction over who will receive vaccines.
CDPH and LACDPH do not list Intellectual Disability and Autism as qualifying conditions. Parents of individuals with these diagnoses may be eligible for a vaccine if the client also has a specialized health care need or a secondary diagnosis from the list above.
Service Coordinators are preparing to provide letters of documentation that meet the above requirements. The letter is specific to the caregiver(s), most often the parent(s). Please do not bring additional family members as they will be turned away. Please contact your service coordinator for a letter from the Regional Center.
Appointments for vaccinations are still in high demand for all currently eligible categories, but the County is working to obtain more supply, locations, staff and volunteers to accommodate the demand. Sign up to schedule appointments at the following websites.
You will be able to sign up for notification when appointments for healthcare workers are available.