Trusted Disability Champions + Disability-Centered Pop-Up Vaccinations = A Winning COVID-19 Vaccination Combination

The ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia (ECNV) gave COVID-19 shots to people with disabilities. They got this done through many ways. They worked with pharmacies. They also had pop-up events. (A pop-up is an event that happens for a short time.) Disability Champions shared info about the shots in many languages and with many cultures.

Grantee: ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia (ECNV)

Project Dates: 5/14/2021 – 7/31/2023

Areas of Emphasis: Healthcare

Award: $98,842

Match: $51,910

In 2021, the U.S. government gave money to our Board. The money was meant for people with disabilities to get COVID-19 vaccines. We gave this funding to ECNV. ECNV aimed to give COVID-19 shots to at least 700 people. They wanted at least 200 people to be people with disabilities. In 2022, the Board allowed ECNV to work on the project until July 31, 2023.

By the end of this project, ECNV taught people about how important it is to get the COVID-19 shot. They taught over 11,800 people with disabilities and over 92,000 family members, personal care workers and others. ECNV taught people mostly through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn. Disability Champions also shared info about the shots in many languages. After that, ECNV worked with two pharmacies to give shots to people. They also gave shots at 50 pop-up events at people’s homes. This helped people who could not travel. 240 people with disabilities and 432 other people received the COVID-19 vaccine.