COVID-19 Vaccination Phase 2C: Disability Services Workers Providing Direct Support
May 5 UPDATE:
All Albertans age 12+ will be eligible for a vaccine beginning May 6th. Learn more, and book your vaccine here. As such, disability support workers are no longer required to bring a letter of employment to their vaccination appointment. Disability support workers are only required to bring one piece of ID with their birthdate when they show up for a vaccine.
Starting April 30, front-line disability services workers, including those hired directly by families using FSCD/FMS funding, can begin booking appointments at participating pharmacies or Alberta Health Services (AHS) clinics. Families, PDD-FMS Administrators and service providers who hire disability services workers have an important role in supporting their staff to be vaccinated.
Information is provided below and in this document: Phase 2C Vaccination Priority for Front-line Disability Workers – Employer Fact Sheet.
Families and FMS Administrators:
To ensure eligibility, Albertans will be asked to provide verification of their employment/role as a disability support worker when they show up for their vaccine appointment. A letter from you confirming their employment, along with personal ID will be required.
You can fill out and sign this template letter or adapt the letter for your purposes. Provide copies to your staff to take to their vaccination appointments – ensure your employees name is provided in the letter.
Also included in Phase 2C is:
- Household contacts age 16 and over and caregivers for children 11 and under (born in 2010 or later) who have an eligible chronic condition in Phase 2B but are unable to receive the vaccine due to age
This would include household members of children 11 and under who have developmental disabilities. For individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, the most relevant section defining eligible conditions is entitled ‘Severe and profound learning disabilities or severe developmental delay, including Down syndrome’.
An honour system approach will be used for household contacts of children 11 and under with eligible health conditions in Phase 2B. No documentation is required.
To ensure eligibility, employees will be asked to provide verification of their employment/role as a disability support worker when they show up for their vaccine appointment. A letter from your organization confirming their employment, along with personal ID will be required.
Info Session with Dr. Hinshaw for Front-line Disability Services Workers and their Employers (Families, FMS Administrators and Service Providers)
Alberta Community and Social Services, in partnership with Alberta Health, is pleased to invite disability support workers to an information session on May 3, 2021. Learn more information about it here.