Launch of survey about disability-related barriers to COVID-19 vaccines across Canada
June 25, 2021 - In May of 2020, Independent Living Canada (ILC) released its findings from a survey about COVID-19 conducted with people with disabilities, staff, and volunteers of the 24 Independent Living Centres across Canada. Overall, people with disabilities surveyed were very concerned about the health threat that COVID-19 posed and were fearful of the isolation it would bring to their lives. Over 90% of those surveyed were concerned about being infected with the virus, and sixty percent stated they were very concerned.
We promised when this survey was completed that we would conduct a follow-up survey. “So today, in partnership with ARCH Disability Law Centre, we are releasing a survey on vaccine hesitancy and barriers to getting vaccines,” said Anne MacRae, National Executive Director of Independent Living Canada. “We want to determine how people with disabilities access vaccines and gauge whether people with disabilities are hesitant to get the vaccine and, if they are hesitant, why?”
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have significant disproportionate impacts on disability communities. From the outset of the COVID-19 vaccination rollout, we shared concerns that persons with disabilities at heightened risk would be left behind. “We know there are people with disabilities across Canada that continue to be confronted with a range of barriers preventing them from accessing first or second doses of COVID-19 vaccines,” said Robert Lattanzio, Executive Director of ARCH Disability Law Centre. “We want to learn directly from people with disabilities about their experiences to determine what barriers they have faced”. Lattanzio added, “ARCH welcomes this opportunity to work with Independent Living Canada on this important initiative, which will inform our ongoing and future advocacy efforts.”
The survey link can be found here and on the ILC website: www.ilc-vac.ca and the ARCH website: www.archdisabilitylaw.ca
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