The Indiana Department of Health is now in phase 1B, which includes Indiana’s most vulnerable populations, including individuals with Down syndrome (ages 16+).
You will be receiving a letter via email and postal service inviting individuals with Down syndrome to register to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. This is a new process. You’ll receive a text message and/or email in the near future with a link unique only to the individual with Down syndrome and that can only be used once to sign up for a vaccine appointment. Hoosiers, with Down syndrome, who are 16 and 17 years old will need to sign up for sites administering the Pfizer vaccine (i.e. hospitals), and that information is available for each site when you schedule. You should bring that letter with you to your appointment, but it is not required if you sign up with your unique link.
The Indiana Department of Health asks you to please take these steps now to make sure you are ready to receive the vaccine when it’s available to you:
- Touch base with your provider to ensure your medications won’t interfere with the vaccine.
- Ensure your healthcare provider has your correct email and cell phone number (or the contact information of someone who can help you). This step is important because the Indiana Department of Health is relying on providers to identify individuals with Down syndrome.
As stated above, Indiana is now working to vaccinate those with certain medical conditions that place them more at risk than others of becoming severely ill if infected with COVID-19. In addition to Down syndrome, the medical conditions include:
• Active dialysis patients
• Sickle cell disease patients
• Post-solid organ transplant
• People who are actively in treatment (chemotherapy, radiation, surgery) for cancer now or in the last three months, or with active primary lung cancer or active hematologic cancers; lymphoma, leukemia and multiple myeloma
If you have any of these conditions, you will soon be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. If you do not receive notifications (letter, email, text) with your loved one’s unique code by March 15th, please check with your primary care provider to make sure they have submitted your loved one’s information to the Indiana Department of Health.
In the meantime, please continue to wear a mask, practice good hand hygiene and stay 6 feet away from others you don’t live with.
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