Disability COVID-19 Vaccine Call Ce

Picture of COVID-19 Vaccine bottle with syringe in bottle

Because of the elevated risk of serious illness and death due to COVID-19, vaccination is critically important for people with disabilities. However, we know that many face significant barriers to getting vaccinated. The Administration for Community Living (ACL) has launched DIAL, the Disability Information and Access Line, to support the needs of people with disabilities seeking information and access to the COVID-19 vaccine in their communities. DIAL will connect people with disabilities to local resources that can provide information and assistance in obtaining the COVID-19 vaccine. In addition, DIAL can connect callers to information and services that promote independent living, including inquiries related to food, housing, transportation, and a need for advocacy or peer counseling that may arise due to COVID-19.

Email: DIAL@n4a.org

Phone number: 888-677-1199


COVID-19 Vaccine

To pre-register for the COVID vaccine for those age 12 and older, please visit https://vaccinate.virginia.gov/ or call 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (1-877-829-4682). 

Call ECI if you need assistance with pre-registering.

Vaccine Sign-up Flyer – English        Vaccine Sign-up Flyer – Spanish

Video – Making Vaccines Accessible to All


ECI’s Operational Plan during COVID-19

ECI recognizes the seriousness and effect that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) can have on people we work with. So that ECI staff and participants stay safe, we have established the following operational plan effective June 14, 2021:

  1. ECI’s office will be open for scheduled appointments only.
  2. You can call and speak to your IL Coordinator about how these appointments will be scheduled.
  3. ECI staff continue to be available by phone and e-mail, Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm.
  4. ECI will not be holding any in person group activities and participant-led events at ECI until further notice.
  5. ECI’s Facebook page, website, and newsletter will be updated to reflect this policy and any changes.

Link to Resources          Link to Regional Resources


Assistance Available for People with Disabilities
for COVID-19 Related Needs
COVID-19 has resulted in people with disabilities having needs
that the Endependence Center may be able to address.


Emergency Preparedness Training Series

Disasters are never expected or wanted, but a way to ensure that you can handle them is to be prepared for when they come. That way, when the emergency is over, you can see the rainbow that will surely follow.

To help prepare for that, ECI provides monthly virtual ILS classes that will cover various topics that will help you prepare for the emergency that may occur. All those who attend will be mailed an item that will help you prepare your own Emergency Supply Kit. 

The next training will be on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, from 11 am – 12 pm 

The training that was scheduled for Tuesday, May 25, 2021, from 11 am – 12 pm was canceled and will be rescheduled in July.

How to Register

June’s topic is “How to Respond to a Hurricane.” Attendees will receive a poncho for their emergency supply kit.

May’s topic was “How to Prepare for a Tornado and Useful Tips.” Attendees will receive a flashlight for their emergency supply kit.  This training will be rescheduled for July.

The class meets on the last Tuesday of each month from 11 am to 12 pm. Call Jeanette Flanders at 351-1570 for more information, and she can assist you with registering for the class.  


Virtual Independent Living Skills
Training for Youth and the Community  
Visit the ECI calendar of events at www.endependence.org/event-calendar for scheduled dates, information about the training, and how to register or access the training.