Data Dashboard Informs Disabled Populations About Vaccine Rollout

beSpacific 2021-03-01

Health Analytics – “A team from Johns Hopkins has created a data dashboard that shows how states are prioritizing people with disabilities in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. The tool can also help people with disabilities determine when they’re eligible for shots, and provide policymakers with data to improve the system. Created by researchers, students, and advocates who themselves are disabled, the COVID-19 Vaccine Prioritization Dashboard launched to help people with disabilities get vaccinated and access critical information. “There’s been a persistent gap in the pandemic response for the disabled community. It started with testing and we’re seeing it being echoed in the vaccine rollout,” said Bonnielin Swenor, director of the Johns Hopkins Disability Health Research Center. “Being part of that community, we understand that need and want to empower the stakeholders and policymakers with data.” The university’s Disability Health Research Center created the dashboard in collaboration with the Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities. The idea for the dashboard came from Johns Hopkins senior Sabrina Epstein, who has a genetic connective tissue disorder called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) that puts her at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19…”