SC Disability Vaccine Access Network
December 7, 2021
People with disabilities are considered a high-risk group for severe sickness and death caused by COVID-19. Since one in three South Carolinians has a disability, the lack of access to healthcare is the biggest barrier people with disabilities face when seeking COVID-19 prevention, treatment and education.
The SC Disability Vaccine Access Network has launched a new website SCDisabilityVaccine.org and a Hotline at 1-800-787-6046 to educate individuals in the disability community about the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine, provide help to overcome barriers to getting vaccinated, and to help those who want to get vaccinated to get the shot. The goal of the network is to provide vaccine information in a plain-language, accessible format that can easily be distributed among the disability community and related audiences, and to serve as a guide for people with disabilities in SC who may face barriers to getting the vaccine.
The network has developed a statewide awareness campaign based on effective outreach including vaccine resources, the SC Disability Vaccine Access Hotline, and accessible materials such as posters, videos and social media graphics, to provide the disability community with more information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. Partners include Able South Carolina, AccessAbility, Disability Rights SC, the South Carolina Developmental Disabilities Council, the University of South Carolina Center for Disability Resources and Walton Options.