The COVID-19 vaccine is here in Washington and it brings the hope of a pandemic-free future. The vaccine is one of the best strategies we have now to protect ourselves and our loved ones from the virus.
Beginning on April 15, 2021, all Washingtonians
You can find out when you are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by going to FindYourPhaseWA.org. If you are not eligible yet, you can sign up to get an alert telling you when you are eligible.
For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine, including vaccine facts, visit WA. Dept. of Health here.
The WA Department of Health has a useful interactive map to help you find vaccine distribution sites nearest you. Click here. There are several locations statewide.
To make an appointment, you must:
CARES Act Program Outreach Videos
Central Washington Disability Resources (CWDR), a Center for Independent Living in Ellensburg, WA, recently worked with local videographers to create two informational videos to highlight their CARES ACT program and the services that can be provided in Kittitas, Yakima, Grant, Chelan, and Douglas counties. Both videos are accessible with closed captioning, as well as sign-language interpreters. The video is provided in Spanish and is accessible as well. CWDR is dedicated to providing accurate and helpful information related to the Covid-19 pandemic. CWDR felt these informational videos would be a great way to provide outreach through the CARESACT program.
Video in English, ASL, CART
Video in Spanish, ASL, CART
For a full list of resources, a summary of the risk to the general public, and regularly updated DOH news releases, visit the website for the WA State Department of Health (DOH). Specific information about testing can be found here.
WA DOH also has COVID-19 related educational materials in 26+ languages available here.
Visit the website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to learn about symptoms, how COVID-19 is spread, and prevention tips which are disability-specific.
Washington residents now have a new way to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Washington Exposure Notifications — WA Notify — is a completely private feature on smartphones that can inform people if they have been exposed to COVID-19 by another user who later tests positive. You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by adding WA Notify to your phone today. Studies show that the more people who use it, the more effective it is. Learn more from the WA Dept. of Health here.
Recognizing that the COVID-19 pandemic creates additional challenges and needs, the Red Cross is offering a free assistance program to anyone who would like support in various ways, such as: a toll-free help line, suicide prevention lifeline, disaster distress, behavioral health, spiritual care, health services, and more. Click here to visit their web page.
To protect yourself and your family/roommates from exposure to COVID-19, consider asking anyone that enters your house some questions about their health and their activity. The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) developed a list of questions for case managers to ask their clients, and these questions are also important and relevant for clients to ask their care providers. Visit DDA's website.
Care at home can help stop the spread of COVID-19 and help protect people who are at risk for getting seriously ill. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offers tips about monitoring symptoms, knowing emergency warning signs, preventing the spread of germs at home, and more at their website.
If you or a loved one is seeking COVID-19 relevant information that is accessible to the blind and low-vision community, visit the Blind COVID website to find resources for navigating systems during the pandemic. Blind COVID is a grant funded by the WA State Dept. of Health that was given to the School for the Blind for the purpose of empowering blind and low vision individuals.
Blind COVID Access phone line: (360) 947-3330.
For a reference guide to basic information related to COVID-19, click here.
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) offers helpful facts to consider, from explaining why older adults and some people with disabilities should take precautions to protect themselves, to tips to prevent illness. Visit the ACL website.
Learn more about these strategies here. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for a detailed PDF information sheet.
The Northwest ADA Center has provided guidance for accessibility needs when utilizing a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site. Read the guidelines at their website.
Effective communication with caregivers and medical professionals is crucial. For a graphics communication card with useful terms related to seeking medical care, preventing virus transmission, symptoms, and more can be found and printed here.
The American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) has produced videos pertaining to different subjects related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) for people with disabilities. This is part of an on-going video series, and more videos will follow.
Georgia Tech's Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation, in partnership with the CDC, have created a trove of resources about COVID-19, including videos, available in ASL, Braille, and Simplified Text.
The CDC has developed dozens of videos in ASL regarding various topics related to COVID-19.
Learn the facts about Washington state's mandatory face mask policy, accommodations for the deaf and hard of hearing, and facts about disease transmission prevention. Click here to watch the video.
Videos can be found on the DOH’s ASL landing page, contain guidance for the Safe Start plan, each separate re-opening phase, and requirements for individuals, businesses, and employers. You can find more information here.
For a quick, printable PDF fact sheet available in 11 languages, click here.
Scammers are using the COVID-19 pandemic to try to steal your Medicare Number and personal information. If anyone reaches out to get your Medicare Number or personal information in exchange for something, it is a scam.
If you receive a phone call, email, or text message offering free face masks, free COVID-19 testing kits, "cures", or other protective equipment, this is also most likely a scam, because these scammers ask for your Medicare Number in exchange for the product.
Learn more about preventing Medicare fraud here.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), US Dept. of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the United States Secret Service (USSS) have released a joint alert to help Americans avoid scams related to coronavirus economic impact payments (stimulus checks). Read more here.