PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Nonprofits and volunteers spent their Saturday helping a specific section of underserved Arizonans get vaccinated against COVID-19. They hosted an event at an east Phoenix gym specifically for people with disabilities so they can be protected against the virus. They got their second shot of the Pfizer vaccine, along with their family members and caregivers.
"It's a huge deal," said Jason Goldman with The Thunderbirds. The charity organization teamed up with Special Olympics Arizona to put on the vaccination event at Ability 360. Goldman says it was tough early for people with disabilities to get the vaccine because many of them couldn't drive to the huge vaccination sites in the Valley.
The expanded eligibility in Arizona means two of Lisa's kids, including her daughter, Sonia, who has epilepsy and cerebral palsy, will be eligible for a shot.
"One of the biggest challenges is transportation, to get people to be able to come and give them access to the vaccine. The Special Olympics specifically gave them a vessel to come here today and get the shot," said Goldman. The patients had gotten their first shot in early April. The event will have a second day for vaccinations on Sunday. Click/tap here for more information.