Europe is continuing to experience significant challenges due to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, the creation of multiple vaccines is providing hope to millions, in particular those who have been most affected by the pandemic. This includes millions of persons with disabilities, as well as the millions of professionals who provide care and support.
Public Authorities are currently planning for and organising the deployment of the COVID-19 vaccines across the continent. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has recently published a technical report to guide EU Member States on the development of their vaccination and prioritisation strategies (22 December 2020). Despite some level of coordination, Public Authorities are seemingly organising this process is many different ways.
Service providers for Persons with Disabilities are also playing an active role in the vaccination process, in terms of communication, prioritisation and deployment.
For this reason, the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities is organising an online webinar on Wednesday 27th January at 14:00-15:30 CET. This will be an opportunity for participants to learn more about:
- Why care staff and persons with disabilities should and can be prioritised?
- How to communicate about the COVID-19 vaccination to staff, persons with disabilities and their families?
- How can support services facilitate the deployment of COVID-19 vaccines?
- How are COVID19 vaccines being deployed in disability services in different countries?