Two rows of colorful illustrations of people of various racial backgrounds and with various disabilities and band-aids. A navy blue box is in the bottom row on the left with the text “This is our shot” written in white and bright green. The lower quarter of the image shows a white field with logos. Logos included are Able SC, 100 Black Men of Greater Columbia, SC Commission on Minority Affairs, CDC Foundation, USC Collaborative on Race, and Together SC

In this month’s newsletter, we sat down with Otis Lee Junior to learn why he decided to get his COVID-19 vaccine and what advice he has to offer members of his community who aren’t sure about getting their shot.

Otis Lee Junior is a member of the BIPOC community living with a visual disability.  Lee says that he did initially hesitate about getting his COVID-19 vaccine, because he might still get sick either way.  In the end though, he decided to get his shot.

“I wanted to protect myself and my family,” Lee said.

He’s never needed to convince anyone to get their vaccine, but he’s passionate about reminding others to wear masks.  He recalls one incident of a coworker not wearing their mask.

“I told him there were kids in the building,” Lee said.  “And I asked him why he wasn’t wearing his mask.  He went and put one on.”

If you’re hesitating about whether you should get your COVID-19 shot, consider taking to your doctor or another medical professional you trust.

South Carolina Vaccine Access Hotline

Still have questions? Contact the Disability Vaccine Access Hotline at (800) 787-6046 

South Carolina Disability Vaccine Access Hotline: 

A hotline staffed by Able South Carolina and Disability Rights South Carolina designed to provide people with disabilities information about many different aspects of the COVID-19 vaccine.  These resources include but are not limited to:

  • Address any concerns you may have about getting the vaccine      
  • Find a trusted medical provider 
  • Assist with vaccine appointment scheduling
  • Navigate transportation to get your vaccine 
  • Offer resources and guidance on transportation to and from vaccine 
  • Answer some of the most common disability related questions related to the COVID-19 vaccine 
  • Provide information about accessible vaccine sites based on crowd sourced data 
  • Address other disability-related barriers about the vaccine you may be experiencing     


The staff of the Disability Vaccine Access Hotline are not licensed medical providers.  They are unable to offer medical advice about the best vaccine for you or predict how the vaccine may affect you or your family

Able South Carolina
720 Gracern Road Suite 106 | Columbia, South Carolina 29210
803.779.5121 |

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