North Carolina Down Syndrome Organizations band together to demand individuals with Down syndrome be prioritized in the State’s Vaccine Plan.
Call to Action for Vaccine Prioritization! Contact Dr. Mandy Cohen & Governor Roy Cooper Now!
Letter or Email Templates:
a person with Down syndrome
Who to Contact:
Mandy K. Cohen, MD, MPH Secretary, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
2001 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699
Governor Roy Cooper
Email: NC Gov. Cooper: Contact Governor Cooper
North Carolina Office of the Governor
20301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-0301
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) included individuals with Down syndrome on the list of conditions that are at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19. Severe illness from COVID-19 is defined as hospitalization, admission to the ICU, intubation or mechanical ventilation, or death. Following the addition to this list, adults with Down syndrome were placed in Group 2 for vaccine priority. However, the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) restructured the list for vaccine priority when it expanded Group 2 to include adults age 65 and older. The new priority list for vaccines has move adults with Down syndrome to Group 4.
Down syndrome support organizations across North Carolina are working together to bring attention to this matter and have adults with Down syndrome take their original spot on the priority list for vaccines. Please use the following samples to contact Dr. Mandy Cohen, Secretary of NC DHHS and Governor Roy Cooper about your concerns and request an equitable distribution of the available COVID-19 vaccines.
In addition to sending an email or letter, please post comment on the NC DHHS’s and Governor’s social media accounts. Please use the hashtag #IWantMyShot