DENVER (February 26, 2021) — Local organizations championed Governor Polis’ announcement today that more people in Colorado with all types of disabilities will now be prioritized for the COVID vaccine. The governor made the announcement at a news conference today.
“People in Colorado with all types of disabilities are valuable, essential members of our state and our economy. This decision by Governor Polis is amazing news. We are so proud of an administration that prioritizes people with disabilities,” said Lloyd Lewis, president and CEO of arc Thrift Stores, and board co-chair of the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition (CCDC). Arc Thrift Stores is one of the state’s largest employers of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Christiano Sosa, executive director of The Arc of Colorado, added, “We applaud the Polis Administration for prioritizing individuals with disabilities in the vaccine framework. Today is a sign of hope for so many families and is an equitable approach, inclusive of the settings in which people with disabilities live.”
Julie Reiskin, director of the CCDC, is “thrilled that the Polis administration especially the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing has listened to the disability community and common sense arguments and has adjusted the vaccine priority list allowing those who must receive care from others in the home to be included in the priority list.”
EDITORS NOTE; If you would like to speak to one of these leaders from the disability community to lend insight into this issue please call Lisa Metzger: 720-771-4238