As the vaccine process rolls out, why aren’t we hearing anything from people with disabilities and underlying health problems?
So, as the miracle work of our vaccination process gradually rolls out over the country, we have been hearing various arguments as to who should take priority to the front of the queue.
Since the vaccine process has begun there has been this argument, which to some extent I have found to be somewhat ridiculous. First and foremost, you had the over 70’s as the first ones to be inoculated which I can understand as their immune systems aren’t as effective as they were 25+ years ago.
Then you had hospital workers and care staff which is also necessary because in their work they have face-to-face contact with the general public. But then here’s something that became, quite frankly, utterly ridiculous, as it was about out of uniformed services aka the police, teachers, and politicians, and about who out of them should be next in the queue.
Well, here’s something I have been wanting to ask for quite a while now; what about those with underlying health issues due to genetic problems or birth defects that are not able to go out due to the risk it could potentially pose to their health?
Where are they in the queue?
Now as I have mentioned in past column pieces, I have openly said how in my line of work I help support vulnerable people, and some of those have underlying health problems. I remember watching the news with some of my colleagues when it was mentioned about how the inoculation process would work, who would be first then who would follow after that.
The only thing that went through my mind was where would someone with a genetic health problem like Down Syndrome be on the list? When will people with an ineffective immune system either as a result of a birth defect or a genetic health issue be in the queue?
I mean surely to god they’ve got to be somewhere, and if they were, I would definitely have thought that they would be there amongst those listed as a priority further towards the top.
To some extent, it just feels like those people have been forgotten or put further back. Okay, I admit, for we know they have already been given the vaccine, and if that be the case how come we haven’t heard anything? Don’t get me wrong, I do understand how someone in their 80’s would be a priority due to a less effective immune system but what about someone who’s 40 years younger and has a similar issue but due to a genetic defect?