The COVID-19 Vaccine and South Carolinians with Disabilities

What is the COVID-19 Vaccine?

The COVID-19 Vaccine is a shot that protects you from getting COVID-19, or from having a severe case. South Carolina is currently encouraging everyone ages 5+ to get vaccinated for COVID-19. There are several free vaccination sites throughout the state. Search by your location on the SC DHEC website: https://vaxlocator.dhec.sc.gov/.

Need help understanding what the COVID-19 vaccine is and how it works? Check out the following resources:

SC Disability Vaccine Access Network

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 was created to educate those individuals and provide help to overcome those barriers.

For more information about the network and its campaign, visit SCDisabilityVaccine.org or
call the SC Disability Vaccine Access Hotline at 1-800-787-6046.

SC Disability Vaccine Access Hotline

Call (800) 787-6046 to Schedule Your Vaccine

A hotline staffed by Able South Carolina and Disability Rights South Carolina designed to provide people with disabilities information about many different aspects of the COVID-19 vaccine.  These resources include but are not limited to:

  • Address any concerns you may have about getting the vaccine     
  • Find a trusted medical provider
  • Assist with vaccine appointment scheduling
  • Navigate transportation to get your vaccine
  • Offer resources and guidance on transportation to and from vaccine
  • Answer some of the most common disability related questions related to the COVID-19 vaccine
  • Provide information about accessible vaccine sites based on crowd sourced data
  • Address other disability-related barriers about the vaccine you may be experiencing
         

Disclaimer:

The staff of the Disability Vaccine Access Hotline are not licensed medical providers.  They are unable to offer medical advice about the best vaccine for you or predict how the vaccine may affect you or your family.    

If you have COVID-19 Vaccine Concerns:

It is your choice to get the vaccine, and we want to help you in your decision. That’s why we co-established the SC Disability Vaccine Access Network. If you have concerns about the vaccine and how it may affect you as a person with a disability, check out our website, SCDisabilityVaccine.org to learn more.

Black, indigenous, and other people of color with disabilities are unequally impacted by illnesses like COVID-19 and the flu and are more likely to become hospitalized if sick. Don’t become a statistic. Learn more about the This is our Shot campaign and how you can protect yourself with the vaccine.

Additionally, if you have concerns about possible vaccine side effects, please contact the FDA/CDC Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) by calling 1-800-822-7967. Once you receive the COVID-19 vaccine, we encourage you to sign up for the V-Safe After Vaccination Health Checker. This system will check up on you daily and help you navigate any potential vaccine side effects.


Other COVID services we offer:

  • Help in advocating for yourself and your rights
  • Assistance understanding the virus, safety tips, and finding COVID-19 vaccine and testing sites
  • Peer support every Tuesday and Thursday at 1 PM online!
  • Guidance on transitioning out of an institution (like a nursing home, hospital, or care facility) into community-based living
  • Advocacy to prevent at-risk individuals from being institutionalized
  • Connecting individuals with all available resources through Information & Referral.

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