People with disabilities are calling on the government to include them in the priority group for COVID-19 vaccination. At the Monday press conference, the plenipotentiary for vaccination, Michał Dworczyk, was asked about these applications, among others from the president of the “Mimo Everything” foundation, Anna Dymna.
Government plenipotentiary for vaccination, head of the prime minister’s office Michał Dworczyk spoke about progress in the immunization program at a conference on Monday. He informed that so far 7.7 million doses have been administered in Poland. – Of course, I am talking about vaccinations with both the first and the second dose. The good news is that last week we crossed over in seven days, even though it was a holiday week, one million vaccinations, he said. He listed five groups that will soon be prioritized when registering for vaccinations.
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These groups did not include disabled people, which journalists asked about. Reference was made to Anna Dymna’s appeal to the charges of her foundation “Mimo Naj” – people with intellectual disabilities and their guardians.
Dymna: intellectually disabled stay at home, they lose their meaning in life
Anna Dymna pointed out that people with intellectual disabilities cannot explain the COVID-19 epidemic or the virus itself. – People in nursing homes (nursing homes – ed.) Are already vaccinated. But what to do with those who live at home with their guardians and parents? she asked. “They go to occupational therapy workshops or community care homes,” she noted.
The actress read a poem about this matter by a person with intellectual disability. “Locked in tiny apartments. One by one he longs. You can’t shake hands. Life flows day by day in the land of gray rainbows. Smile covered with a mask. Come on, lie at home on the bed. You can get up for human need and shout for help. into the sky. Will this scream be heard by anyone who has enough silence? “- reads Dymna.
– They are not vaccinated, their guardians are not vaccinated. They stay at home all the time and lose the meaning of life completely. On their behalf, I am asking to vaccinate all those who attend these workshops and their guardians, that they can somehow live and smile sometimes. I am asking you on their behalf – she said.
Dworczyk: first, the opinion of the Medical Council
Michał Dworczyk presented the procedure applicable to applications for assignment to the priority group for vaccination. – All applications that will be submitted to the office are first addressed to the chairman of the Medical Council, professor (Andrzej) Horban. Then, depending on the opinion of the Council, because it is an opinion, either I submit such a request to the Minister of Health or we provide information about a negative opinion. We will continue to do so, he explained.
Asked whether vaccination support would be provided for this group of people, he repeated: – If such a request is received, I will refer it for the opinion of the Medical Council. Then we will act according to this procedure, which usually takes place: first the opinion of the Medical Council, then sending the application to the Minister of Health and the decision on this matter.
Anna Dymna Foundation
The Anna Dymna Foundation “Mimo Everything” has been operating since 2003. The main goal is to help adults with intellectual disabilities. The Foundation has built and runs two therapeutic and rehabilitation centers: the Sun Valley in Radwanowice near Krakow and the Occupational Therapy Workshop in Lubiatów on the Baltic Sea.
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