Hawaii Incapacity Rights Middle providing inclusive vaccinations in August at Waikele Middle

  • JAMM AQUINO / MAY 22nd

    Students, faculty and their families will be escorted to the Punahou School in Makiki for the COVID-19 vaccination aboard the Hawaii Pacific Health vaccination bus on May 22nd.

The Hawaii Disability Rights Center is offering two inclusive COVID-19 vaccination clinics in August to encourage community residents, carers and families to get vaccinated.

The clinics will be held in partnership with Hawaii Pacific Health on August 7th and 28th from 10am to 3pm at the Waikele Center in Waipahu. HPH will deliver the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

In addition to being accessible to people with reduced mobility, the clinics also have an American Sign Language interpreter to help deaf or hearing impaired participants, as well as HDRC advocates who can help the visually impaired or developmentally disabled. Chuukese and Tagolog interpreters are also available.

About 1 in 10 people in Hawaii have a disability, according to the HDRC.

The free event is open to the public and walk-ins are welcome, but appointments can also be made through the Hawaii Pacific Health vaccine website. The Waikele Center is located at Lumiaina St. 94-849 and the clinic is on the fence near Petco.

Vaccination clinic participants should bring photo ID with them. Minors aged 12 to 17 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian or have a signed parental consent form. As a thank you, the organizers are offering all participants a raffle and goodies.

On request, HDRC will also organize a free ride for people with a disability who have no transportation or cannot drive. HDRC can also arrange vaccinations for those who are at home.

To arrange a ride or home vaccination, contact HDRC at 949-2922 or email [email protected].

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