Hawaii Disability Rights Center hosts COVID vaccine clinic in Waikele

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — The Hawaii Disability Rights Center (HDRC) held a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Waikele Center on Saturday, Aug. 28.

Staff members were on hand to provide support to folks who got their shot.

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Below is a list of how individuals with disabilities were supported at the event:

  • ADA accessible for mobility impaired
  • ASL interpreter for deaf or hearing impaired
  • Chuukese and Tagalog interpreters
  • HDRC staff advocates to assist visually impaired or those with developmental disabilities
  • Free rides could be arranged
  • Free prize drawings and treats for all attendees
  • No appointment is needed
  • Health insurance coverage is not required

“The idea was that for people with disabilities, the effect of COVID is even worse. I mean if you think the pandemic has affected all of us, it hits people with disabilities even more. So for a lot of them it was difficult to get to a vaccine center.”

Lou Erteschik, Hawaii Disability Rights Center executive director

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About 500 to 600 people were expected to come for their first or second dose. The clinic was held in partnership with Hawaii Pacific Health.

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