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COVID-19 Booster Shots are Now Available for Everyone 12 Years and Older

 

Text reads “Vaccine Facts for New Jersey’s Developmental Disabilities Community; The CDC now recommends: Booster shots 5 months after 2nd dose of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for everyone over 12; 3rd primary dose for some immunocompromised children ages 5-11; Contact your child’s primary healthcare provider with questions or concerns.” Learn more about COVID-19 Booster Shots and Vaccines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/specific-groups.html” Images of vaccine and child showing bandage after receiving shot from healthcare provider.

COVID-19 booster shots are now available for everyone 12 years and older. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now also recommends:

• Booster shots at 5 months after receiving a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for everyone 12 years and older
• An additional, third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to complete the primary series for some immunocompromised children from ages 5-11

Contact your child’s primary healthcare provider with questions or concerns.

For up-to-date information about COVID-19 booster shots and vaccines, visit:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/specific-groups.html

 

Boggs Center COVID-19 Vaccine Facts SeriesCOVID Vaccine Facts Series covers


The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities is pleased to share the COVID-19 Vaccine Facts Series which addresses common myths and concerns about COVID-19 vaccines. Made possible through funding from the federal Administration on Community Living, the series includes resources with information to support the following facts:

• The COVID-19 Vaccine is Effective Against the Virus
• The COVID-19 Vaccine Will Not Make You Sick with COVID-19
• Safe & Responsible COVID-19 Vaccine Development
• Had COVID? You Still Need the COVID-19 Vaccine
• The COVID-19 Vaccine Does Not Harm Fertility or Pregnancies

Download the Vaccine Facts Series and other resources related to COVID-19

 

New Episode of BoggsCast Now Available

BoggsCast Episode 3: Adriane Griffen The Boggs Center is excited to share the latest episode of BoggsCast, a podcast where faculty and staff explore best practice, showcase success stories, and help listeners envision possibilities for innovation through interviews with state and national experts.

In this episode, Adriane Griffen, DrPH, MPH, MCHES, Senior Director, Public Health and Leadership at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, discusses disability inclusion in public health programs, training, and leadership.


BoggsCast is available on the Podbean App, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify apps and websites. Be sure to subscribe to stay up to date with the newest episodes.

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Employment Opportunities

 

Program Development Specialist


The Boggs Center at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School is seeking a Program Development Specialist. This position will work in collaboration with Boggs Center Leadership, The NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities, and other stakeholders and coordinate the planning, organization, and development activities of the Money Follows the Person (MFP) Direct Support Professional Capacity Building project. Responsibilities include the supervision of project related staff and coordination of activities focused on the development of a statewide competency-based Career Pathway for Direct Support Professionals as well as competency based training process for NJ Support Coordinators. Additional responsibilities include the coordination activities related to creating a public awareness campaign and networking to build a statewide pipeline into the Direct Support workforce.

View job posting and apply online: https://jobs.rutgers.edu/postings/152167


Information and Resources Related to COVID-19

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) CDC imageAcross the world, we are experiencing an unprecedented set of challenges as we all work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19 through social distancing and other protective measures. Having reliable, up to date information and resources to help us better understand COVID-19, necessary health and hygiene precautions,and strategies to maintain emotional well-being is important to us all. 

The Boggs Center, as New Jersey’s federally designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) and New Jersey’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program, has compiled a selection of resources from New Jersey and across the country that may be useful to the disability community across the state. 

View links to COVID-19 resources

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources for the Developmental Disabilities Community

COVID-19 is a disease caused by a virus that spreads easily and can make people very sick. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine protects against COVID-19, and is an important tool to help stop the pandemic. People with developmental disabilities, their families, and supporters play an important role in preventing COVID-19 by getting a vaccine.

The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities has developed two new resources to provide information about COVID-19 vaccines and help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities understand what to expect. Available in English and Spanish.

COVID-19 Vaccine Facts for the Developmental Disabilities Community-CoverCOVID-19 Vaccine Facts for the Developmental Disabilities Community provides information about COVID-19 vaccines, including:
• When, where, and how to get the vaccine
• What to expect when getting the vaccine
• What to expect after getting the vaccine
• How to continue to stay safe before and after getting the COVID-19 vaccine


Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine: A Social Story for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities-Cover Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine: A Social Story for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
helps readers understand why it’s important to get a COVID-19 vaccine and what to expect before, during, and after vaccination. Direct Support Professionals, family members, and other supporters can use this social story to prepare people with intellectual and developmental disabilities for getting a COVID-19 vaccine by printing or sharing on a computer, tablet, or smartphone.


Download COVID-19 Vaccine Resources for the Developmental Disabilities Community

 

Fight the Flu: It’s Important to the Disability Community!

Getting a flu shot is important to the disability community. The flu shot is the best way to protect against the flu. It reduces the risk of serious flu-related illness requiring care in hospitals continuing to feel the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. These resources from The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities explain the importance of the flu shot to the disability community and help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities understand what to expect when getting the shot.

Fight the Flu coverFight the Flu: It’s Important to the Disability Community explains why getting the flu shot is important to the disability community and provides recommendations and resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 

Getting a Flu Shot Social Story coverGetting a Flu Shot: A Social Story for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities helps readers understand why it’s important to get a flu shot and what to expect when getting the shot. Direct Support Professionals, family members, and others that provide support can use this social story to prepare people with intellectual and developmental disabilities for getting the flu shot by printing or sharing with the person on a computer, tablet, or smart phone.

Download Fight the Flu Resources in English and Spanish

 

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