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About the COVID-19 Vaccine Access Initiative:

Texas Partners for Inclusive Access is committed to making sure all Texans with disabilities feel safe and supported in learning about and getting the COVID-19 vaccine. In response to high rates of COVID-19 illness and death among individuals with disabilities, we have launched a collaborative statewide initiative to provide educational information on the COVID-19 virus and safe practices and to create more equitable access to testing and vaccines.

We collaborate with local medical experts and health leaders in communities throughout our state who can answer questions about vaccinations and address concerns that individuals with disabilities, family members, and other direct caregivers may have.

Partners also work in local communities across Texas to provide direct assistance to individuals with disabilities to find vaccines, get rides to appointments, arrange for drive thru clinics, or coordinate in-home vaccination options. Similarly, partners collaborate closely with vaccine clinic providers to offer guidance on needed technology, sensory, and communication accommodations.

Information and direct assistance are provided free of charge. Funding for these efforts is provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Administration for Community Living (ACL).

Take the COVID-19 Vaccination Survey for Adults with DD

Are you a person with a disability or a family member? Take this survey, organized by the Texas Center for Disability Studies at UT Austin, to share your COVID-19 vaccine experience. By taking the survey, you will inform our partners on how to reduce barriers in your community. Learn more by viewing the TCDS Vaccine flyer (PDF).

Funding Available to Increase Access to COVID-19
Vaccine Information for Individuals with Disabilities

TCDD Request for Applications: Increasing Access to Information about COVID-19 Vaccines for Individuals with Disabilities
Deadline to Apply: Oct. 22, 2021
Register for the informational webinar on Oct. 12 at 1:30 p.m. CT

The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) is seeking applications from eligible organizations to conduct communication and marketing activities to share information and resources that will reduce barriers and lead to an increase in the number of people who receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Groups that will be included in project activities are people with developmental disabilities (DD), their families, friends, caregivers, direct-support professionals, and other health care providers.

Outcomes will be achieved through community-based activities such as:

• Development and distribution of educational materials about the importance of getting a vaccine;
• Development and distribution of materials on how to access a vaccine at a clinic or at home;
• Providing information about resources such as transportation or other supports to access a vaccine; and
• Providing technical assistance to local health departments on vaccine accessibility.

Communication and marketing products may include but are not limited to: print materials, videos, social media content, press releases, media advisories, and media pitches, outdoor and grassroots activation materials, community-based informational events, and the training and coordination of local peer-ambassador groups.

TCDD has available funding for one grant for up to $200,000. No match funds are required for this project. The project ends on Sept. 30, 2022. Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Community Living (ACL), in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Funding awarded for a project will be dependent on the results of a review process established by TCDD and on the availability of funds.

Stipend Opportunities Available

Increasing Community-based Access to Vaccines
The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) announces the availability of funds for organizations (e.g., public, private, non-profit, academic) to increase the number of people who have access to receive the Coronavirus-19 vaccine. Groups that will be included in project activities include individuals with disabilities, their families, friends, caregivers, and direct support professionals.
The funding amount for these stipends is up to $15,000. Stipends will be awarded as funding is available. No stipends will be awarded after September 30, 2022. For details, read the Vaccine Access Stipend webpage.

Join the Your Best Shot street team!

Are you active in your community? Do you enjoy interacting with your neighbors?

Are your neighbors talking about COVID-19 vaccines but are not sure what to do or where to go? You may be able to help! We invite you to join our team of community leaders who are gathering local resources related to vaccines and help us share information and improve access in your city or town.

What is Your Best Shot Street Team?

The Your Best Shot street team gives people helpful information about the COVID-19 vaccine through a peer network, so they can make informed decisions about their health. The team is organized by Texas Partners for Inclusive Access, a collaborative effort between 17 state agencies, nonprofits and advocacy organizations to increase education and decrease barriers for Texans with disabilities and their families.

Why is it called Your Best Shot?

The COVID-19 vaccine is given as a shot in your arm. The COVID-19 vaccine has been proven to reduce the risk of getting very sick from the COVID-19 virus. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is your best shot at avoiding serious illness from the virus.

Who can be a Your Best Shot street team member?

  • Anyone who lives in Texas can apply to be a street team member.
  • People with disabilities, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, or anyone who is a member of a diverse community is encouraged to apply.
  • People who like to use social media—like Facebook, TikTok, Twitter, and Instagram—and have engaged followers are encouraged to apply.
  • People who like to meet new people, whether virtually or in-person, and who are passionate about the cause, are encouraged to apply.

We are looking for people who live all over Texas, so that more Texans have a chance to get information.

How do you join the Your Best Shot street team?

Members of the Your Best Shot street team are paid. You will need to fill out a brief job application . Please look for the application and more details in the near future at InclusiveAccessTexas.org.

What happens after you apply for the Your Best Shot street team?

Someone from the Texas Partners for Inclusive Access team will contact you if you are a good fit for the street team.

If you are asked to join the team, you will get to decide if you want to accept the position.
If you accept the position, you will:

  • Get information and training on COVID-19 and the COVID-19 vaccine
  • Learn how to talk to people in your community about getting the COVID-19 shot
  • Get materials, like stickers, buttons, and info sheets that you can share with people about COVID-19
  • Get a social media toolkit that you can customize for your followers to help share information online