A masked Black person in medical scrubs walks with a tray of vaccine vials. Facing them is a brown person with long dark hair and flowing pants, also wearing a mask and walking with a cane. Text says, Disabled and need help getting a COVID-19 vaccine? There's a hotline for that.

Are you disabled and need help getting a COVID-19 vaccine? There’s a hotline for that.

In early September, the Administration for Community Living launched the Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) to help disabled people secure safe and easy access to COVID-19 vaccination. 

DIAL was created by a partnership between the Administration for Community Living and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally, the organizations have issued nearly $93 million in grants to organizations helping disabled people overcome barriers to vaccine access. DIAL is a collaborative effort between many different national organizations focused on helping disabled people including the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities. 

The operators at DIAL can answer any potential questions about vaccination, put you in contact with vaccination centers, and connect you with local services including accessible transportation. 

For disabled people, there can be many different barriers to vaccination, but it is crucial to keep our community safe that all of us who are able to get vaccinated do so. While it is true that many disabled people are rightfully skeptical of any government sponsored medical programs, all studies show that COVID-19 vaccination is safe and crucial for ending the global pandemic. 

You can use DIAL by calling 888-677-1199 or messaging DIAL@usaginganddisability.org from Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm Eastern/6am to 5pm Pacific. 

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