Feds Launch Hotline To Help People With Disabilities Access COVID-19 Vaccines
A new push is underway to help more people with disabilities get vaccinated against COVID-19.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is unveiling what it’s calling a first-of-its-kind national hotline offering information and services directly aimed at boosting access to the shots for people with disabilities.
Officials said the Disability Information and Access Line can help people find nearby vaccine sites, make appointments and link people with local services like accessible transportation.
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“The hotline also can provide information and resources to answer questions and address concerns about the vaccines and can connect callers to information and services that promote independent living and address fundamental needs, such as food, housing and transportation,” the federal health agency said.
The resource is being offered through a partnership of the Administration for Community Living and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in collaboration with the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities, the National Council on Independent Living, the National Disabilities Rights Network and other organizations.
The Disability Information and Access Line can be reached between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET at 888-677-1199 or by emailing DIAL@n4a.org.