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AARP Alabama provides funding for 2-1-1 network for COVID-19 vaccine appointments
Appointments by phone will bridge the “digital divide” for older adults
Special to the News
AARP Alabama has announced that it is providing funding to United Ways of Alabama to expand the 2-1-1 statewide phone network to include registering Alabamians for COVID-19 vaccines in their local communities. This new appointment service is now in operation.
From the start of the vaccine roll-out, it has been difficult for many older adults across Alabama to access a vaccine appointment system that has almost exclusively required internet access.
“Many of our most vulnerable don’t have internet access to make appointments, and this has been a barrier to vaccination for them. We are glad to partner with United Ways of Alabama to remove this barrier by funding this new service through their statewide 2-1-1 network,” said Candi Williams, AARP Alabama state director.
To access the vaccine appointment system from anywhere in the state, callers can simply dial “211” – no area code is required. Calls will be answered by operators Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Central Time.
“The 2-1-1 network serves Alabama’s citizens by connecting them to key resources in their communities. This new funding from AARP Alabama will allow us to expand that service in a truly important and impactful way as we help connect older Alabamians to COVID-19 vaccine appointments,” stated Becky W. Booker, executive director of United Ways of Alabama.