The Golden West Chapter continues to follow developments closely as new COVID-19 vaccines are approved and distribution plans are launched. We have created this web page as a hub for information and resources that will be updated regularly. This is to inform conversations between families with ALS and their medical teams as to both the safety and efficacy of the vaccines and the earliest possible availability of vaccination for people living with the disease, their caregivers, and others in their household. For the latest COVID-19 vaccination information, please visit these websites for California and for Hawaii.
IMPORTANT NEWS: The Chapter has worked tirelessly with the California Governor and legislators to ensure that people living with ALS and their caregivers have early access to the COVID-19 vaccine. After weeks of outreach and advocacy efforts, beginning April 15, expanded guidelines provided by the California Department of Public Health will allow anyone over 16 to be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Please reach out to your Chapter care manager with any questions or further information on how to schedule an appointment with your medical facility or at a vaccination site within your community.
In addition, the Golden West Chapter has also written to the Governor of Hawaii to advocate for early vaccine access on all islands. Currently in Hawaii, only individuals who are 60 years of age or older are eligible, but we continue to work with the state to push for access for those with a high risk condition like ALS.
Below are additional resources you may find useful for informing your conversations and decisions with family, physicians and others. Check back frequently as we will update and add new resources as they become available.
--- Updated February 12, 2021.