All U.S. states and territories follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines regarding COVID vaccination prioritization, yet the execution has varied throughout the country. Additionally, each state and territory has created its own website for COVID vaccine information (many of which are not fully accessible).
The Johns Hopkins Disability Health Research Center created the COVID-19 Vaccine Prioritization Dashboard for People with Disabilities (in collaboration with The Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities) to resolve confusion and decrease inequality. The Dashboard aggregates all state and territory prioritizations in one place, and tracks vaccine prioritization for specific groups, such as people who require home-based care. This Dashboard is a critical asset for people with disabilities because unlike the vast majority of the state and territory sites, the Dashboard is accessible.
Three individuals involved with the organizations that created the Dashboard look toward the future. They write that equality in healthcare, “can only be achieved through improved approaches to tracking disability disparities and prioritizing partnerships with the disability community.”