News release from The League for the Blind & Disabled, Inc.
Free rides for COVID-19 vaccinations across NE Indiana
Fort Wayne, Indiana (April 1, 2021) – The League removes transportation barriers for people with disabilities to receive COVID19 vaccinations across Northeast Indiana.
With COVID-19 vaccination eligibility opening to all Hoosiers ages 16 and up, The League is working to ensure that access to transportation is not a barrier to participation for people with disabilities. The organization is coordinating free rides for people within its Northeast Indiana service area to receive their COVID-19 vaccination. This opportunity is open to all people with any type of disability who are currently eligible for vaccination in the following counties: Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Jay, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wells, and Whitley.
While having a disability alone does not put one at greater risk for contracting COVID-19 compared with others, many people with disabilities have co-morbidities that can make them especially vulnerable to complications and/or death should they contract the virus. As a Center for Independent Living and an organization that is guided strongly by consumer choice, The League believes it is imperative for any person with a disability who chooses to be vaccinated, be able to do so. One barrier to that choice is accessible and affordable transportation, and while this barrier exists for many people with disabilities, it is even greater for those living in rural and suburban communities.
John Guingrich, President/CEO of The League, states, “Adults with disabilities make up nearly 25% of the population in northeast Indiana. We are honored to support our peers with disabilities and do our part in the fight against COVID.”
The League’s case coordinators are available during regular business hours to coordinate transportation to existing appointments, and, if needed, may assist in scheduling the COVID-19 vaccination appointment. Laura Lindsay, Director of Programs and Services at The League, says “By assisting with access to COVID-19 vaccines, we are helping many people regain their independence to interact with friends and family in the community.”
Transportation scheduling takes time and same day service is not guaranteed. If assistance is needed, contact the agency as soon as possible to ensure availability of service. For more information or to arrange transportation, please contact The League at 260.441.0551.
About The League
The League is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. To inquire about The League’s services and programs, questions about disability related issues, or to make a donation, contact 260.441.0551 or visit our website at www.the-league.org.
COVID-19 World Wide Web Resources
Allen County Department of Health COVID-19 Guidance and Local Resources
State of Indiana Web Resources:
- Indiana’s Mortgage Assistance Program
- List of who is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine
- Eligible? Click here to register and make an appointment
- Indiana State Department of Health’s COVID-19 information and stats
- Indiana Executive Orders issued during the COVID-19 pandemic: 2020 | 2021
Other Web Resources:
- Free rides for COVID-19 vaccinations in NE Indiana
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 webpage
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 cases in the United States
- John Hopkins’ COVID-19 Dashboard
- Latest news from Google News