I'm talking about mobile vaccination units. There are many areas of our country that are rural. In that case, in my opinion, states or their counties, or municipalities should create websites where people with disabilities either in rural areas, or those who simply are not mobile can register for a mobile vaccination unit to go to them. This will ensure more of our community gets vaccinated.
During COVID-19, many school districts have been offering distance learning -- a method of education in which classes are conducted over the internet or through written materials at home, without the student attending school in person. To ensure an equal education as mandated by federal law, distance learning providers must accommodate students with disabilities who may face accessibility issues.
States should consider developing a legislative committee on apprenticeship, or revise existing committees, to address apprenticeship opportunities for people with disabilities, and develop strategies for encouraging greater participation in apprenticeship programs for traditionally underrepresented segments of the labor force.
State and local policymakers should look to eliminate barriers to apprenticeship programs for underserved groups. For examples, states and localities could offer stipends to offset transportation and childcare costs for apprentices.
Transportation to and from vaccination sites is an important part of the vaccination process. States may want to consider supporting efforts by transportation, public health and emergency medical services sectors in identifying ways to collaborate to ensure all Americans living in urban and rural areas have access to accessible transportation necessary to receive a vaccination.
Communication while wearing masks at vaccination sites should be augmented by other forms of communication. For example, to accommodate individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing and by providing interpreters, American Sign Language interpreters should be available at the time of vaccination.