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                Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine: A Visual Guide for people with disabilities


Created by Inclusion Nova Scotia

March 2021


Supporting People with Disabilities to get a Vaccination


For information on the guide go to this link on the Inclusion Nova Scotia website (visual guide and text) https://www.inclusionns.ca/blog


A Message from Independent Living Canada: Persons with Disabilities have more barriers to fight for lives with COVID-19

Independent Living Canada is asking all Canadians, levels of government and medical establishments within Canada to ensure people with disabilities have equitable access to healthcare supports amid COVID-19. The Canadian Human Rights Commission has also recognized that as with other vulnerable groups, the rights of people with disabilities must continue to be respected. “We are all in this together,” must include Canadians with disabilities.

Independent Living Canada also recognizes there must be additional measures taken to ensure persons with disabilities are on an equal playing field with every other Canadian citizen. As ever, the focus must be on the individual who has inalienable rights to independently live their life with the same opportunities, decision making capabilities and services that are available to everyone else.

The following are calls to action we urge government to respond to immediately to protect the rights of Canadians with disabilities:

  1. People with disabilities must have access to healthcare services and life sustaining medical interventions. Decision making for the allocation of scarce medical resources must not minimize the value of any human life, regardless of disability. The value of a human life is equal.
  2. The Canadian health care system must be responsive to persons with disabilities. This includes any accommodation needs which may involve the presence of an advocate, family member, or attendant care personnel required for people with disabilities to participate in diagnostic or medical treatment related to COVID-19.
  3. Attendant care services or other home care services must be declared essential services as they sustain life and help keep people with disabilities out of hospital. They should also have access to personal protective equipment required to continue providing services without disruption for people with disabilities.
  4. There must not be a denial of transportation or medical services involving any person with a disability who requires medical attention associated with COVID-19.

Independent Living Canada represents Canadians from coast to coast who live with a disability. Our 24 IL Centres across Canada are designed to facilitate greater independence through the involvement of persons living with any form of disability. The work that IL Canada and Centres perform ensures the inclusion of our cross-disability community across Canada. Independent Living Canada envisions an inclusive and accessible society where people with disabilities are valued equally and participate fully.

For more information, call IL Canada media relations at 613-563-2581.

April 7, 2020

Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB):

CRB information, who qualifies, and how to apply for this benefit: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/recovery-benefit.html



Feed Nova Scotia COVID-19 update

Being food insecure is stressful at any time, and COVID-19 is creating new challenges for lots of people. But Feed Nova Scotia and our member food banks and meal programs are here to help.

For information on Feed Nova Scotia's Food Support Programs go to https://www.feednovascotia.ca/find-food

KNOW THE DIFFERENCE: SELF-MONITORING, SELF-ISOLATION, AND ISOLATION FOR COVID-19

SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19: FEVER, COUGH, DIFFICULTY BREATHING

SELF-MONITORING

You have no symptoms AND a history of possible exposure to the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, in the last 14 days.

SELF-MONITOR means to monitor yourself for 14 days for one or more symptoms of COVID-19 and to go about your day but avoid crowded places and increase your personal space from others, whenever possible.

You need to self-monitor if you have reason to believe you have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 OR you are in close contact with older adults or medically vulnerable people OR you have been advised to self-monitor for any other reason by your Public Health Authority.

If you develop symptoms, isolate yourself from others immediately and contact your PUBLIC HEALTH AUTHORITY as soon as possible.

SELF-ISOLATION

You have no symptoms AND a history of possible exposure to the novel coronavirus due to travel outside of Canada or close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19.

SELF-ISOLATE means to stay at home and monitor yourself for symptoms, even if mild, for 14 days; avoid contact with other people to help prevent the spread of disease in your home and in your community in the event you become symptomatic.

Self-isolate if you have travelled outside of Canada within the last 14 days OR your Public Health Authority has identified you as a close contact of someone diagnosed with COVID-9.

If you develop symptoms, even if mild, stay home, avoid other people and contact your PUBLIC HEALTH AUTHORITY as soon as possible.

ISOLATION

You have symptoms, even if mild AND you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or are waiting for the results of a lab test for COVID-19.

To be ISOLATED means to stay at home until your Public Health Authority advises you that you are no longer at risk of spreading the virus to others and to avoid contact with other people to help prevent the spread of disease in your home and in your community, particularly people at high risk of severe illness outcomes such as older adults or medically vulnerable people.

You need to isolate if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 OR you are waiting to hear the results of a laboratory test for COVID-19 OR you have been advised to isolate at home for any other reason by your Public Health Authority.

If your symptoms get worse, immediately contact your healthcare provider or PUBLIC HEALTH AUTHORITY and follow their instructions.

WE CAN ALL DO OUR PART IN PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF COVID-19. FOR MORE INFORMATION: 1-833-784-4397, canada.ca/coronavirus, pac.info.aspc@canada.ca

Public Health Agency of Canada  

Government of Canada

Useful Links:

Government of Canada - Coronavirus (COVID-19):

Government of Nova Scotia - Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

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