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4/14/21 - Tamica Foots-Rachal Discusses Vaccinating the Disability Community


Today on Inland Edition, Lillian Vasquez speaks with Tamica Foots-Rachal, Regional Manager with the State Council on Disabilities. Tamica discusses local efforts to vaccinate the disability community and the challenges families face.

For more information about the local office of the State Council of Developmental Disabilities, call (909) 890-1259 or visit their website at scdd.ca.gov/sanbernardino

Upcoming SCDD vaccine clinics will use a two shot option. Next event is April 25, 2021 at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino. The Coachella event has been tentatively rescheduled for May 16, 2021. When confirmed, new information will be released and new event flyers created.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are reviewing data involving six U.S. cases of a rare type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine that were reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). You can read the official health alert at emergency.cdc.gov/han/2021/han00442.asp

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has directed health care providers to pause the use of the J&J vaccine until further direction from health and safety experts. If you are scheduled to receive the J&J vaccine, please contact your healthcare provider, vaccination location, or clinic to learn about additional vaccine availability.


If you received this vaccine, the CDC recommends:


1. If you have received the J&J COVID-19 vaccine and develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination, contact your healthcare provider, or seek medical care.

2. Report adverse events following receipt of any COVID-19 vaccine to VAERS.