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COVID-19 vaccines are free, you don’t need health insurance to get a vaccine, and vaccines are widely available for Texans 6 months old and older. This handout covers the resources available to help people with disabilities in Texas learn more about the vaccines and how to get one. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Stay Up to Date with Your COVID-19 Vaccines covers who can get what vaccines and includes recommendations for people who are immunocompromised.
Vaccine Access Navigators
If you are a person with a disability who needs help getting the vaccine, our Vaccine Access Navigators can help you. They can help you sign up for the vaccine, find a ride to get a vaccine, or arrange for the vaccine to be brought to you. The navigators are also available to answer your questions about the vaccine. To connect with a navigator, call 1-800-880-8401 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Central Time or send an email to vaccine@DRTx.org.
Vaccine Information for People with Disabilities
The Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center’s COVID-19 Vaccine Information in Plain Language includes basic information about the vaccine. Created by and for people with disabilities, the booklet addresses a number of topics, like what a vaccine is, talking to your doctor, and what to do if you think your rights have been violated when trying to get a vaccine.
Also, our COVID-19 Vaccination Resources in Plain Language includes links to a number of resources that are easy to read and understand.
Questions about the COVID-19 Vaccine
How effective is the vaccine? What is the difference between the various COVID-19 vaccines available? What is this Delta variant I keep hearing about? To learn about these topics and more, visit the Texas Department of State Health Services’ (DSHS) COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions.
Also, you may have noticed that there is a lot of information about the vaccine on the internet. Unfortunately, not everything you find online is true. To get some clarity between what is true and what isn’t, see our Click bait or the real deal? What’s really true about the COVID-19 vaccine.
Getting the Vaccine
There are many places and ways to get the vaccine. If you need help figuring it out, contact our Vaccine Access Navigators by calling 1-800-880-8401 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Central Time or send an email to vaccine@DRTx.org. You can also check out DSHS’ COVID-19 Vaccine Information to learn about all the different ways you can find a vaccine.
Additional Vaccine Resources
For more information about vaccines, check out our other resources:
- COVID-19 Vaccine Resources in Plain Language
- COVID-19 Vaccines and Employment
- COVID-19 Vaccine Resources
Last updated: August 3, 2022
Publication Code: HC20
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