New hotline to help people with disabilities access COVID vaccines

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is unveiling what it’s calling a first-of-its-kind national hotline offering information and services directly aimed at boosting access to COVID vaccines for people with disabilities.

Officials said the Disability Information and Access Line can help people find nearby vaccine sites, make appointments and link people with local services like accessible transportation.

“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,” the federal health agency said.