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 12+ 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? Watch this social story video!

SOCIAL STORY: How I Get My COVID-19 Shot

If you have difficulty scheduling a vaccine appointment, please call Able SC at 803-779-5121 and we can assist you in scheduling an appointment and arranging transportation to get there.

If you have COVID-19 Vaccine Concerns:

It is your choice to get the vaccine. If you have concerns about the vaccine and how it may affect you as a person with a disability, please contact your doctor. If you do not have a doctor, contact the SC Department of Health and Environmental Concerns (DHEC) for more information: https://scdhec.gov/about-dhec/contact-us

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.

COVID-19 Vaccine Disability Hotline

The Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) is now available to help people with disabilities find vaccination locations in their communities, assist callers with making vaccination appointments, and connect callers to local services – such as accessible transportation – to overcome barriers to vaccination. 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.

CALL THE HOTLINE: 888-677-1199 from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM ET

Learn more: acl.gov/dial


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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