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MEO Facilitates Vaccine & Booster Shots for Deaf People

November 12, 2021, 11:13 AM HST
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Members of the Maui deaf community received either COVID-19 booster shots or a first dose of the vaccine during an event coordinated by MEOʻs Maui Independent Living Center: Photo Courtesy: MEO

Thirteen members of the Maui deaf community received COVID-19 booster shots and two others got their first vaccine dose Monday in a vaccination event coordinated by Maui Economic Opportunity’s Maui Independent Living Center.

Most attending the event at the state Department of Health Maui District Health Office Wailuku Clinic were members of the Maui Deaf Club.

Nani Watanabe, coordinator of the MEO Maui Independent Living Center, worked with the Health Department on scheduling and organizing the clinic. The Health Department provided sign language interpreters. Watanabe also organized previous vaccine clinics for the deaf community.

Mark Gil Acosta, who is deaf, received his first COVID-19 vaccination shot Monday at the Health Department’s Wailuku Clinic. Photo Courtesy: MEO

Maui Independent Living Center’s mission is to ensure persons with disabilities are full social, civic and economic partners, both within their families and in a fully accessible community, and to create access and choice. There is no income criteria for services. 

To contact Watanabe, call 808-243-4328 or email [email protected].

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