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Pa. partners with Rite Aid to get COVID vaccines to the intellectually and developmentally disabled

Pennsylvania-based Rite Aid Pharmacy is partnering with the state to ease access to COVID-19 vaccinations for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Gov. Wolf announced.

Those with a disability and their caregivers may call the Department of Human Services’ Office of Developmental Programs Vaccination Call Center at 1-800-424-4345 to request a vaccine appointment for themselves and/or their caregivers. The hotline is staffed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

From there, ODP will give Rite Aid names and locations of individuals who need to be vaccinated. Rite Aid staff will assign local pharmacies to reach out to callers to schedule vaccinations at the closest Rite Aid location. This effort will also help coordinate special accommodations for those who need assistance with transportation or on-site aid, among other needs.

“All Pennsylvanians are now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines,” Wolf said. “This partnership will help us ease potential barriers and ensure that people with intellectual disabilities and autism, as well as their caregivers, are able to get this life-saving vaccine.”

Anyone age 16 or older with an intellectual or developmental disability and their caregivers can request a vaccine appointment through this effort, regardless of whether they are currently enrolled in a service and support program through ODP.

Dawn Ouellette Nixon
Dawn Ouellette Nixon is a career journalist who believes that good journalism can change the world. As the health care reporter, she covers everything from small town medicine to big pharma. You can also find her chasing a good business story in Berks County. She can be reached at dnixon@bridgetowermedia.com. or 610-807-9619, extension 4118.

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