New York state is reopening slowly with an eye to what is going on in other states. NY residents are asked to observe extra precautions if travelling to or returning from certain states. Different companies are hard at work to get a vaccine through trials possibly to be available by January 2021.
Other vaccine news-for those prone to shingles, a new version of the vaccine is now recommended. There are two injections needed which provide a higher percentage of protection.
Check on the website for how to contact officers or committee chairs. Contact [email protected] so your questions can be answered or directed to the right person.
I know we have had many heroes in keeping the people we serve in their best health. Many have been asked to assume extra duties and responsibilities. If you have any stories to share, let us know.
OPWDD in conjunction with other advocates was able to keep the people we serve in the forefront as far as availability of PPE and now for receipt of the COVID vaccine. Sometimes it is a scramble to get the necessary orders and permissions to get individuals ready for clinics but our nurses are used to working with deadlines.
Training staff, certifications, recertifications continue to made flexible to keep all as safe as possible.
Zones have had a difficult time having any communication with members this past year. With inperson groupings not possible most have either done remote meetings or placed meetings on hold. Please be aware your zone or state officers are available to answer any questions or if no answers are available-to track them down.
Please note that if you have had no activity on your zone account for 2020, the bank may classify it as a dormant account and start charging you for that status. Thankfully the bank representative for our Zone 1 account reached out to us to make a deposit or withdrawal so we wouldn't start losing $15/month.
We have made it to the end of 2020 and are hopeful that 2021 can show some progress in containing the COVID 19 virus. OPWDD Dept of Health, CDC and all the IDDD agencies within New York State have worked closely together to put in place COVID guidelines in an ever changing environment.
NYSIDDDNA will share any resources and updates that would be useful to our membership. Keep checking all our media platforms i.e. facebook, linked in, newsletter and this website.