COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Campaign

Nationwide initiative to improve the vaccination rates of DSPs and people supported

The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) is conducting a comprehensive campaign across the country to address COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among direct support professionals (DSPs). This initiative is part of a cooperative agreement with the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). During this year-long campaign, NADSP is launching a variety of outreach activities including fact sheets, blogs, public service announcements, podcasts, etc. These efforts aim to improve vaccination rates among DSPs as well as the people with disabilities who receive their services.

Vaccine Hesitancy Initiatives

As the premiere trusted source of DSPs, the NADSP will conduct targeted efforts in the disability community to increase vaccination rates among people with disabilities across the lifespan, their family caregivers, and DSPs:

  • Conduct qualitative research to understand vaccine hesitancy.
  • Work with federal partners to develop and disseminate communications strategies to improve vaccination rates.
  • Launch a national public health education campaign targeting DSPs and the individuals that they support.
  • Facilitate a virtual community platform for DSPs and other direct care workers about COVID-19.
  • Share key learnings and practices for changing the attitudes, behaviors, and actions of DSPs and persons with disabilities.
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NADSP Statement on Vaccine Hesitancy and FAQ

NADSP has compiled a list of common questions and answers to assist DSPs in making informed decisions about COVID-19 prevention and vaccinations.

COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Resources

The following resources have been developed and updated as part of NADSP’s efforts in its ‘COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Campaign.’ They provide updates about the campaign, as well as relevant, factual, and timely information about COVID-19 and the importance of vaccination.

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“With 26% of DSPs unvaccinated, there remains so much work to do and information to share about the safety and efficacy of these vaccines.”

- Joseph Macbeth, NADSP President & CEO

COVID-19 Public Service Announcements (PSAs)

These public service announcements (PSAs) share the important message of “It’s up to you. Protect yourself and the people you support.” All of these PSAs have been produced by the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration.

Vaccine Hesitancy Campaign: Partner Organizations

The NADSP is among the nine national leaders in the disability and human services field selected to be a part of the coordinated initiative to address vaccine hesitancy. This campaign has been established through a cooperative agreement with the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). The partner organizations include:

 

    • American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR)
    • The Arc
    • Autism Society
    • Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)
    • Family Voices
    • National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP)
    • National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC)
    • Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE)
    • Spina Bifida Association

Find COVID-19 Vaccines

You can visit Vaccines.gov to find vaccination providers near you. On the webpage, you can search for COVID-19 vaccines and boosters by entering in your Zip Code to identify locations in your area.

COVID-19 Resources Archive

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in early Spring 2020, the NADSP has released various webinars, guides, articles, and toolkits. The items listed below include all COVID-19 related resources produced by NADSP. Please note that with the ever-changing nature of the pandemic, some of the information included in these resources may not be up-to-date.

Webinar: Let's Talk with Dave Hingsburger and John Raffaele: Three Ps in the Pod: The Pandemic, The Professionals and The People

Webinar: Let’s Talk with Dave Hingsburger and John Raffaele: Three Ps in the Pod: The Pandemic, The Professionals and The People

Join Dave Hingsburger and John Raffaele as they discuss the latest article of the International Journal of Direct Support, "Three ...
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Self-Care Toolkit For DSPs During COVID-19

Self-Care Toolkit For DSPs During COVID-19

Resources to help DSPs take care of themselves during the crisis With the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, there is a ...
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