Generally speaking, Global south national are facing triple effects of Covid. As the 3rd wave is ranging havoc, its crystal clear that prioritization of persons with disabilities should be high considered.
Several studies have affirmed that persons with disabilities are at a higher risk.
It is not yet clear even after the first and second wave why persons with disabilities have not been prioritized in the global south measures in regards to social, health and economic fronts. As a public scholar I believe that it is the right of all persons with disabilities to receive access to the available COVID-19 vaccines, in an equitable and fully accessible manner, in the location that meets their needs. Additionally, I believe that people with disabilities, as all people, should be given the right to choose when and if vaccination is appropriate.
I understand that some people with disabilities live with “high risk” conditions that make them more susceptible to either contracting the COVID-19 virus or being at severe risk of hospitalization due to COVID-19. The I also take note that underserved communities, including rural communities, slum communities and communities in economically disadvantaged areas often receive fewer COVID-19 relief resources, including vaccines. I believe that these communities deserve higher priority, both in terms of resources and access to the vaccine. While disability sausage media believes strongly that all people with disabilities should be eligible for vaccinations, I also believe that it is in line with our values as a nation to prioritize the needs of disadvantaged and “high risk” communities, even within the disability community.
I also take note of the Kenyan constitution on the social economic pillars.
KENYA COVID-19 VACCINE DISTRIBUTION PROCESS SHOULD NOT BE A PLATORM WHERE ORGANIZATIONS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES DEMAND TO BE ENGAGED WHERE US A CARING NATION WILL BE JUDGE BY THE WAY IT TREATS ITS MINORITY.
I BELIEVE A DAY WILL
COME WHEN PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES D NT JUST DEMAND BUT POLICY MAKERS ENSURE THAT THEIR GREATER CHECKBOX TENDACY IS EVOKED.
IN OTHER WORDS, POLICY MAKERS NEED TO ENSURE ALL STAGES OF PROJECT CYCLE BECOME INSLUSIVE OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES.
From the media reports Vaccine allocation and distribution seems to be a complex process.
At the national and county levels the ministry of health needs to be mindful and avail accessible ways of distribution and vaccination processes. Persons with disabilities.
Its high time the role out engaged organizations of persons with disabilities in the Covid battle.
Live no one behind should be the clarion call.