Adults With Down Syndrome Push For COVID Vaccine Prioritization – WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – JJ, 24, has Down syndrome. His household has actually taken every step to secure him from COVID-19.

“It’s been absolutely terrifying or our family,” Leslie Neugent, JJ’s mom stated.

Neugent, who likewise works as a minister with grownups with Down syndrome, stated they have actually been on lockdown considering that March.

Scientists discovered that people with Down syndrome were nearly 5 times most likely to be hospitalized from COVID and at 10 times greater threat of death from the illness. They think immune problems, along with 3 copies of chromosome 21 instead of 2, make individuals with Down syndrome more susceptible to extreme COVID-19.

A representative for the Minnesota Department of Health informed WCCO the state will follow CDC standards, putting the state’s Down syndrome adult population in 1C unless they remain in a congregate care setting – which remains in tier 3 of the 1A stage.

“Now being behind 2.4 million people doesn’t seem like a prioritizing at all, especially when there’s only 3.6 million adults in Minnesota,” Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota executive director Sarah Curfman stated.

There’s now a petition online asking the guv to move individuals with Down syndrome into 1B, stating approximately 80% of the state’s Down syndrome population lives with household or in the neighborhood.

MDH authorities were asked Tuesday about the strategies to immunize those who are under 65 however have greater threat conditions.

“They need to get vaccinated as soon as we have more vaccine available, but unfortunately that is the problem,” contagious illness professional Kris Ehresmann stated. “We just do not have enough vaccine available.”

Curfman stated they have actually not gotten an action from the state. The DSAM approximates there are around 2,200 grownups with Down syndrome in Minnesota.

To sign the petition, click on this link.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.