COVID-19 VACCINE ELIGIBILITY, AS IT RELATES TO PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AND THEIR CAREGIVERS
Because the number of people who want a COVID-19 vaccination is significantly greater than the number of doses of COVID-19 vaccine available at this time, a phased approach is currently being taken to vaccine administration. Each state has the ability to identify the groups that will be eligible to receive the vaccine in Phase 1; Ohio has identified the groups of people who will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Phases “1A” and “1B.” It is noteworthy that there have been some recent changes to the specification of Group 1B. The best source for the current definition of Ohio’s 1A/1B groups (including the week when people in the group were/will be eligible to begin getting vaccinated) is the Ohio Department of Health. Go to:
|Groups of people with developmental disabilities that are/are not in Ohio’s Phase 1A or Phase 1B for COVID-19 vaccination||Groups of caregivers of people with developmental disabilities that are/are not in Ohio’s Phase 1A or Phase 1B for COVID-19 vaccination|
|People with developmental disabilities who live in congregate care settings*||Part of Phase 1A||Caregivers of people with developmental disabilities who live in congregate care settings||Part of Phase 1A|
People with developmental disabilities who also have cerebral palsy; spina bifida; severe congenital heart defects requiring regular specialized medical care; severe type 1 diabetes requiring hospitalization within the past year; phenylketonuria (PKU), Tay-Sachs, and other rare, inherited metabolic disorders; epilepsy with continuing seizures, hydrocephaly, microcephaly, and other severe neurological disorders; Down syndrome, fragile X syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, Turner syndrome, muscular dystrophy, and other severe genetic disorders; severe asthma requiring hospitalization within the past year; cystic fibrosis; sickle cell anemia; alpha and beta thalassemia; or are candidates for solid organ transplants*
|Part of Phase 1B, if not part of Phase 1A
Note: People with a health condition included in 1B who are not eligible for services from a county board of DD, are not eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine until the week of 2/15/2021
|Adults in K-12 school buildings, like Murray Ridge School, who regularly interact with students (provided that the school will provide in-person education, including through a hybrid model, by 03/01/2021)||Part of Phase 1B; vaccination eligibility for people in this category will begin with regard to those who work in some, but not all schools beginning the week of 2/1/2021.|
|People with developmental disabilities who are 65 years of age or older||Part of Phase 1B, as are all other Ohioans in this category||Caregivers who are 65 years of age or older||Part of Phase 1B, as are all other Ohioans in this category|
|People with developmental disabilities not in any of the above categories (unless included in Phase 1A or 1B due to having a job in a classification included in 1A or 1B)||Not included in Phase 1A or 1B||
||Not included in Phase 1A or 1B|
*No person younger than 18 may receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine; no person younger than 16 may receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
About Murray Ridge
Our mission is to ensure the availability of services and supports that assist eligible individuals in living the life they choose; to promote their health and safety; and to assist and support the families of these individuals in achieving these goals.
For more than 50 years, the Lorain County Board of Developmental Disabilities, more commonly known as Murray Ridge Center, has been providing lifelong services for Lorain County citizens with developmental disabilities. Accredited by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, Murray Ridge Center is committed to excellence.
Our broad range of services and supports assist more than 2,000 individuals and their families annually. Murray Ridge Center operates throughout Lorain County, and has a variety of sites including its Meister Road residential facility, Supported Employment offices, Murray Ridge School, Service & Support Administration offices, and three Opportunity/Vocational Centers located in Elyria, Lorain, and Oberlin. All our efforts may be summed up in these words: “Helping people…for a lifetime.”