December 23, 2020



[VIDEO DESCRIPTION: Deaf Interpreter, Christine Kanta, a white female with long blond/brown hair and blue eyes, wearing a maroon shirt, sitting in front of a black background]


DEAF INTERPRETER: By now you know that COVID-19 has spread throughout the state of California. It has been a horrible experience but a vaccine is ready! The vaccine will make it so you cannot get infected with the coronavirus. Before you can get the vaccine, you need to decide which of the three groups you belong to; Group 1, Group 2, or Group 3. The people in Group 1 will vaccine first, then the people in Group 2, and finally Group 3 will be vaccinated. Now I will explain who belongs in each group.


[WHITE TEXT: “Group 1”]


DEAF INTERPRETER: There are different people who belong in Group 1. For instance, very sick people in the hospital’s ICU. They are in Group 1 because if they get infected with COVID-19, there is a chance they could die. It’s important that we vaccinate them. Also, the people who work in hospitals, such as doctors and nurses. They are the people who use stethoscopes, the thing doctors and nurses wear in their ears to listen to heartbeats.  These people will be vaccinated. When a person’s body is sick, they go to a hospital. When their mind is sick, they get mental health help. Some of the people receiving mental health care live at mental health facilities. They will be vaccinated. People who live in group homes, meaning those who are not able to live independently, for example, some Deaf Plus individuals, will receive vaccinations. Senior citizens, ages 65 and up, who live together, like nursing homes, will get vaccinations. Also, police officers and firefighters are in Group 1.  Why were these people chosen to be in Group 1? These people are not able to maintain a safe distance of 6 feet. They need to be close to others in order to give or get support. It’s important to vaccinate them to prevent the spread.


[WHITE TEXT: “Group 1: Hospitals, Primary Care Pharmacies, Nursing Homes, Paramedic/EMT/Police, People on Dialysis”]


DEAF INTERPRETER: The people who will receive the second round of COVID-19 vaccinations include groups like senior citizens and Deaf Plus people who live independently but need in-home support for emergencies, cooking, driving, budget planning, etc. They will receive vaccinations. People who provide community support such as social workers, counselors, doulas, and midwives for pregnant women, etc. Small doctors’ offices like primary care physicians can get vaccinations. Centers for addicts and released prisoners, such as rehab centers where they provide support, will be eligible for vaccines.


[WHITE TEXT: “Group 2: Home Health Care (IHSS), Primary Care Clinics, Urgent Care, Teachers/Instructors, People in Homeless Shelters, Older Adults”]


DEAF INTERPRETER: Finally, the third group of people who will receive vaccinations. Specialty clinics like allergy specialists, fertility specialists, chiropractors, and other non-urgent specialty medical centers will be able to get vaccinated. Lab workers, dentists and oral health employees, pharmacists, etc will be vaccinated under Group 3. That concludes the summary of who is included in Group 1, Group 2, and Group 3. Once everyone in those groups gets their vaccinations, it will become available to the general public, meaning people without serious health issues and do not work with people who have health concerns. If you do not have serious health concerns or if you work with people in high-risk groups, you will be able to get vaccinated after Groups 1, 2, and 3. It’s critical that we vaccinate high-risk groups first.


[WHITE TEXT: “Group 3: Younger adults, Children, Critical Risk Workers”]