For those who are blind, visually impaired or those with combined vision and hearing loss, getting a vaccine has been problematic.
Margo Schafer has low vision, meaning she only sees body shapes. "When you are disabled like I am, I never know if I'm close to a person because I can't see them. It's really awful, so I just stayed home. When you can't see who's by you, you can't tell if they are 6 feet apart," Schafer said.
She's has been trying to get a vaccine for months, but it's not easy. "I don't want to get COVID. I've been trying to get a vaccination for a long time, put my name into Walgreens, put my name in Fry's, couldn't get (one), My daughter tried too, and we didn't have any success at all," said Schafer. She's 82, doesn't drive, and lives alone.
"To me, getting a ride is hard. My kids all live out of state," Schafer said. She's relieved to get her shot thanks to Terros Health partnering with the Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. "I feel free. I can go out if I want to and not worry, which is very nice," she said.
Margo is just one of the dozens who received their first vaccine shot at the clinic held at ACBVI, in partnership with Terros Health, on Monday in Phoenix.
For the blind, visually impaired or those with combined vision and hearing loss, who want the COVID-19 vaccine, ACBVI will help navigate the online or phone registration systems and connect applicants to transportation resources to the vaccination site.