In a “Here Comes the Sun” themed occasion, Extra Special People supplied 400 COVID-19 vaccines to people with disabilities and their caregivers on Monday, in accordance to a press launch.
ESP, Georgia’s main nonprofit group for individuals with disabilities, partnered with the University Cancer and Blood Center to administer the vaccines, making ESP a vaccination website for the Athens, Watkinsville and Northeast Georgia communities.
The vaccination occasion occurred in mild of Gov. Brian Kemp approving vaccination distribution for adults with mental and developmental disabilities and their caregivers with eligibility beginning March 8.
The occasion included a welcome committee with music, dancing and a photo-op space. Each participant acquired a custom-made sticker and a pack of sunflower seeds to plant as a “image of hope for brighter days to come thanks to the vaccine,” the press launch stated.
“We are extraordinarily grateful to Governor Kemp and the University Cancer and Blood Center for giving our households the chance to entry these vaccines. We imagine that higher and brighter days are forward, and these vaccines are only a stepping stone to shining much-needed mild in our group after such a tough 12 months,” ESP government director Laura Whitaker stated within the press launch.
The distribution of the vaccine to ESP members comes simply in time for ESP’s annual summer season camp, the place greater than 500 youngsters and adults with particular wants come collectively for recreation, swimming, sports activities, video games and an opportunity to make mates.
“The well being of our ESP members and workers is all the time our primary precedence,” Whitaker stated.
ESP restricted its summer season camp capability final summer season and is hopeful that the vaccines will provide an opportunity for extra individuals to expertise the camp within the upcoming summer season, Whitaker stated.
“Now greater than ever, our members and their households want the enjoyment of summer season camp whereas caregivers are in determined want of respite and aid. We really feel assured that these vaccines will guarantee security and assurance for our campers, their caregivers and our workers. Here comes the solar!” Whitaker stated.