A vaccine clinic at Jefferson's Health Navy Yard hospital aimed to vaccinate those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
- Jefferson Health study of 64 million cases showed intellectually or developmentally disabled patients were six times more likely to die of COVID-19. Today a vaccine clinic in South Philadelphia was organized to help protect people from this vulnerable community. Action News community journalist Beccah Hendrickson explains the number one goal is saving lives.
BECCAH HENDRICKSON: The team here at Jefferson says people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have been largely left out of the vaccine rollout. Doctors here stepped up to save lives.
The waiting room has only two chairs, doctors have fidget spinners, headphones, and sunglasses on hand.
WENDY ROSS: This one is quieter. All of our vaccinators are familiar with this population. We provide accommodations for those who need it.
BECCAH HENDRICKSON: The clinic is giving out about 50 Johnson & Johnson vaccinations over six hours. The providers in charge of it say this slow down pace is what their IDD patients, those with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, need.
WENDY ROSS: Not everybody tolerates large crowds and lines. And I think a lot of the population that we serve in particular is really at high risk for getting and dying from COVID.
BECCAH HENDRICKSON: Dr. Wendy Ross and her team did a study of more than 64 million COVID-19 cases and found IDD patients were nearly six times more likely to die from the virus, the second highest risk factor next to age.
STANLEY JASKIEWICZ: A lot of people we know who are in this category don't really know how to protect themselves or may not be able to tolerate this.
BECCAH HENDRICKSON: Stanley Jaskiewicz said this clinic was exactly what his son needed.
STANLEY JASKIEWICZ: He didn't fit in any of the categories. And so we didn't know when or where.
- You knew it was going to be a good day.
BECCAH HENDRICKSON: Batisha Andrews is a Jefferson patient.
- 1, 2, 3, 4, we're done.
BECCAH HENDRICKSON: And so is her brother [? Sean. ?]
- Are you right-handed?
- Good, I'm doing your left
BECCAH HENDRICKSON: They both say they're thankful for this clinic and that it's only one shot.
BATISHA ANDREWS: I feel great that I finally was able to, you know, get the vaccination.
BECCAH HENDRICKSON: After the Jefferson, study 11 states, including Pennsylvania, changed their vaccine rollout to include IDD patients. At the Navy Yard, Beccah Hendrickson, channel 6, Action News.