We launched the first vaccination program for children with disabilities

Foto de un niño sobre una gran pelota saltarina en vacunatorio ajustado
This initiative allows the vaccination against COVID-19 of children and adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

By Gabriela Campillo.

Today we launched the first Community Adjusted Vaccination program (VAC for its acronym in Spanish) in the country, located in Parque Gabriela in Puente Alto, in a joint initiative with the Ministry of Social Development, the Undersecretary of Social Services, the National Disability Service, the Municipality of Puente Alto, Fundación ConTrabajo, Universidad de Los Andes and the Center for Educational Justice of Universidad Católica.

At this place, unique in Chile, the inoculation against COVID-19 is carried out in children and adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder, with various settings, supports, accessible infrastructure and specialized healthcare personnel.

MICARE contributed to this important initiative with technical and scientific evidence, training of healthcare personnel and creation of graphic material to support the work of these teams.

“Having places like these, where the needs of people with disabilities are considered, is a great advance to throw down barriers. People with disabilities have the same rights as everyone, and the right to health is one of them. Inclusive and accessible places allow us all to exercise our rights”, said Ricardo Pizarro, MICARE’s spokesperson.

How to implement this type of vaccination and what recommendations to follow? Check out the full document here (in Spanish):

Want to know more? Read this article published by the Ministry of Social Development and Family.