Omicron Variant of COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and remain prevalent. Recently, a new variant of COVID-19 was identified and labeled by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a “variant of concern” named Omicron. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a press statement and there is also a fact sheet on current information about the Omicron variant on the DDS’ Dec 9th letter HERE.
Effective March 15, 2021, all people served by regional centers in California ages 16-64 will be eligible for COVD-19 vaccines. Vaccine availability due to supply is still limited but people can start making appointments. RCEB will be sending verification letters to all people served in this age group. Please check your mail and continue to check our web site for information.
This is our letter to people in this age group. Your particular letter will have a back side that is be specific to the client.
Information from California department of Public Health on how to schedule an appointment for a vaccine: CDPH VACCINE
Updated information – Friday, Feb 12th
Starting March 15, vaccines for COVID-19 may be provided to adults 16-64 with developmental or other disabilities meeting the following criteria.
- The individual is likely to develop severe life-threatening illness or death from COVID-19 infection
- Acquiring COVID-19 will limit the individual’s ability to receive ongoing care or services vital to their well-being and survival
- Providing adequate and timely COVID care will be particularly challenging as a result of the individual’s disability
This is still a limited supply globally. RCEB will be working with our community to identify vaccine locations and support people to access vaccine throughout the community.
Please see the link to the CDPH announcement https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Provider-Bulletin-2-12-21.aspx
How Can I Get Vaccinated?
Vaccine Information for Family Members
Did you know that family members of persons served may now be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?
The letter below from the Department of Developmental Services clarifies that family members of certain people are “health care workers” per the State of California’s Vaccination Plan (https://covid19.ca.gov/vaccines/). The eligibility of these family members can be established by documentation from RCEB verifying the qualifying condition of the family member.
We cannot provide documentation for those who are NOT served by RCEB. However, if you believe you may be eligible for services please contact our Intake Department for information about how to apply.
RCEB is NOT a vaccine provider. Please check with your county for information on how to access a COVID-19 vaccine at the links found below. Based on eligibility as a family member/health care worker, you can follow the links for “health care worker” on these sites. You can also reach out to your individual health care provider.
There is currently a high demand for and limited supply of the vaccine. Appointments are not always available quickly for those who want them. In the coming months, we expect that supplies will increase.
Phase 1A Vaccine Information as of February 13, 2021
California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Website
Attestation Letters – Update February 13th
Information for Healthcare Providers on Vaccine Eligibility for Family Caregivers. Read the information for clarity on which healthcare workers can provide the attestation letter and for which disabling conditions apply.
For Family Caregivers/Alameda County – Pull up the letter to be signed by your healthcare provider
For Family Caregivers COVID-19 – Step by step guide
Attached are letters from the Department of Developmental Services explaining the role of direct service employees, family members, and certain regional center employees in caring for consumers and thus are prioritized for COVID-19 vaccination within Phase 1A:
- For Family Members of Persons Served by Regional Centers
- For Select Regional Center Employees
- For Direct Service Professionals/Employees
- Resources for Direct Services Employees
From the Department of Developmental Services and Department of Public Health
- Vaccines and Testing Information – DDS
- Vaccine FAQ’s from DDS – Updated on January 25, 2021
- Vaccine FAQ’s from DDS – in Spanish
- Vaccine FAQ’s from DDS – in Chinese simplified
- Vaccine FAQ’s from DDS – in Chinese traditional
- Vaccine FAQ’s from DDS – in Vietnamese
- Vaccine FAQ’s from DDS – in Tagalag
- CDPH Allocation Guidelines for COVID-19 Vaccine During Phase 1A: Recommendations
From Our County Partners in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties
- Alameda County Vaccination Guidance and Resources: for Alameda County Residents, Employees, and Health Care Providers
- Contra Costa County Vaccine Information – January 12, 2021
Plain Language Information About Vaccines
- State Council on Developmental Disabilities: Things to Know About the Vaccine
- PowerPoint Presentation: Vaccine Information
- Avoiding COVID Scams