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.