Vaccination is a critical tool for ending the COVID-19 pandemic. The Center for Health Equity (CHE) has received funding from the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to increase vaccine access and confidence for people with disabilities.
The ACL project, funded through September 2022, aims to educate Hoosiers about the importance of receiving the COVID-19 vaccines. The projects’ target groups include people with disabilities and their families, direct support providers, and disability organizations. A key aim of the AUCD project, which runs through July 2021, is to vaccinate all eligible people with disabilities and reduce the transmission of the virus by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) anniversary in July.
The work for these two projects is focused on education about the importance of receiving a vaccine and dispelling myths about COVID-19 and its vaccines. Project activities include: an online Indiana COVID-19 resources page; social media posts; webinars; YouTube videos featuring people with disabilities and caregivers sharing their vaccine experiences; the creation of fact sheets and infographics; and information dissemination and adaptation of existing materials to meet the needs of Hoosiers with disabilities. Materials will be accessible, and primary materials will be available in Spanish and American Sign Language (ASL).