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Landes quoted in CTV story on COVID-19 vaccine, people with disabilities

February 23, 2021

CTV News

Scott Landes

Scott Landes

Canada's national advisory committee on immunization released updated guidance for vaccine prioritization and disabled people living in group homes are mentioned under "Stage 2," but there is no direct mention of those not living in a group home. Advocates argue that disabled people should be included in the initial stages of vaccination because some disabled people struggle with public health measures such as wearing a mask and physical distancing. In addition, "Susceptibility to pneumonia and respiratory diseases are typically higher" for people with disabilities, says Scott Landes, associate professor of sociology. He was quoted in the CTV article, "Advocates worry as most disabled people left off vaccine priority list."

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