MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – JJ, 24, has Down syndrome. His household has taken each measure to guard him from COVID-19.
“It’s been completely terrifying or our household,” Leslie Neugent, JJ’s mom stated.
Neugent, who additionally works as a minister with adults with Down syndrome, stated they’ve been on lockdown since March.
Researchers discovered that people with Down syndrome have been virtually 5 occasions extra more likely to be hospitalized from COVID and at 10 occasions larger danger of loss of life from the illness. They believe immune abnormalities, together with three copies of chromosome 21 fairly than two, make individuals with Down syndrome extra weak to extreme COVID-19.
A spokesperson for the Minnesota Division of Well being informed WCCO the state will observe CDC pointers, placing the state’s Down syndrome grownup inhabitants in 1C except they’re in a congregate care setting – which is in tier 3 of the 1A section.
“Now being behind 2.4 million individuals doesn’t look like a prioritizing in any respect, particularly when there’s solely 3.6 million adults in Minnesota,” Down Syndrome Affiliation of Minnesota govt director Sarah Curfman stated.
There’s now a petition on-line asking the governor to maneuver individuals with Down syndrome into 1B, saying roughly 80% of the state’s Down syndrome inhabitants lives with household or in the neighborhood.
MDH officers have been requested Tuesday concerning the plans to vaccinate those that are beneath 65 however have larger danger circumstances.
“They should get vaccinated as quickly as we have now extra vaccine accessible, however sadly that’s the drawback,” infectious illness professional Kris Ehresmann stated. “We simply don’t have sufficient vaccine accessible.”
Curfman stated they haven’t obtained a response from the state. The DSAM estimates there are round 2,200 adults with Down syndrome in Minnesota.
To signal the petition, click here.
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