Learn how Margo received her vaccine!


For those who are blind, visually impaired or those with combined vision and hearing loss, getting a vaccine has been problematic.


Margo Schafer has low vision, meaning she only sees body shapes. "When you are disabled like I am, I never know if I'm close to a person because I can't see them. It's really awful, so I just stayed home. When you can't see who's by you, you can't tell if they are 6 feet apart," Schafer said.


She's has been trying to get a vaccine for months, but it's not easy. "I don't want to get COVID. I've been trying to get a vaccination for a long time, put my name into Walgreens, put my name in Fry's, couldn't get (one), My daughter tried too, and we didn't have any success at all," said Schafer. She's 82, doesn't drive, and lives alone.


"To me, getting a ride is hard. My kids all live out of state," Schafer said. She's relieved to get her shot thanks to Terros Health partnering with the Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. "I feel free. I can go out if I want to and not worry, which is very nice," she said.


Margo is just one of the dozens who received their first vaccine shot at the clinic held at ACBVI, in partnership with Terros Health, on Monday in Phoenix.  


For the blind, visually impaired or those with combined vision and hearing loss, who want the COVID-19 vaccine, ACBVI will help navigate the online or phone registration systems and connect applicants to transportation resources to the vaccination site.


Contact ACBVI by email at vaccine@acbvi.org or call 602-273-7411 for assistance.

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Jon Williams

Jon Williams is the Fund Development Officer at ACBVI. He has over 25 years of professional non-profit experience in development, fundraising, volunteer and event management with national non-profits including the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association, and three member food banks in the Feeding America network, including his last position as Development Manager with United Food Bank in Mesa. Originally from South Bend, IN and a graduate of Ball State University, Jon has devoted his career in giving back to the community and providing assistance to those underserved populations needing help. A resident of Chandler, Jon enjoys the Arizona lifestyle along with traveling near and far, a great live concert or an exciting sports game!

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