COVID-19 Vaccine Information Page
Posted on April 28, 2021
Disability Rights Maine is working to ensure that all Mainers, including people with disabilities, are able to receive COVID-19 vaccines. This page contains information about the vaccines (Johnson & Johnson, Moderna & Pfizer), the latest news from the Governor and Maine CDC, and a listing of vaccine clinics across the state. The list of vaccine clinics grows daily, so be sure to check back often as this page will be update to reflect the latest announcements.
COVID-19 Informational Videos
People with disabilities can access the COVID-19 vaccine
Deaf Mainers Share “Why Vaccinate?"
Deaf community members share their reasons for getting vaccinated against COVID-19, and the importance of vaccines for Maine’s Deaf community. Featuring: Laurel and Jerry Kelly, Deb Bolduc, Regan Thibodeau, and Josh Sheedy. This video is in American Sign Language with English captions. This COVID-19 vaccination public service announcement was produced with funding from the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.
DRM, along with our partner developmental disabilities network organizations - University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies, Maine Developmental Disabilities Council and Speaking Up For Us - are collaborating on a series of COVID-19 vaccination public service announcements to help increase the vaccination rate among individuals with disabilities and the people who support them.
Ryan Brown, Residential Manager, Group Main Stream
Bethany DeLorenzo, Residential Manager, Group Main Stream
Apollo Karara, Direct Support Professional, Group Main Stream
Jessica Gammon, DRM's Health Communicator, created a series of informational videos for people who still have questions or concerns about about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
Benefits of Getting Vaccinated
Types of COVID Vaccines
Vaccines & Children
Vaccine Clinics & Testing
- Vaccines.gov - Find COVID-19 and Flu Vaccine Sites Near You
- Find a Vaccination Site in Your Area
- "Appointment availability is dependent on vaccine supply. Many locations are also offering walk-in vaccinations, with no appointment necessary. These listings are subject to change and will be updated regularly."
- Home Test Kits – Households can independently order free kits from these websites: https://www.covid.gov/tests - households can order from this site twice; https://accesscovidtests.org/. Free test kits can also be picked up from participating Community Health Centers.
State of Maine Vaccine Resources & Updates
- Governor Mills Expands COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Eligibility to All Maine Adults
- Maine COVID Vaccine FAQ
- Updated FAQ for 5-11 year olds (November 2021)
- COVID-19 Outpatient Treatments
COVID-19 treatments are available for individuals who test positive, have symptoms, and are at high risk for a severe COVID-19 infection. Many Mainers remain unaware of the availability of COVID-19 treatments. Our social service partners are helping to educate Maine communities about treatment availability and are connecting individuals to treatment assessments and providers. They continue to work to ensure equitable access to healthcare treatments for all communities throughout Maine.
For more information about COVID-19 Outpatient Treatments visit this website: https://www.maine.gov/covid19/treatment The Maine Community Vaccination (& Testing) Line 1-888-445-4111 is preparing to field questions about Covid-19 treatment options. This resource should be available very soon (try it!).
- Social Supports for Quarantine & Isolation
Maine’s Community Care program remains committed to offering social supports to those facing barriers to maintaining quarantine or isolation due to Covid-19. Our hours to process referrals are Monday-Sunday 8am-5pm.
Supports offered in 2022:
•Emergency groceries and household supplies to cover the duration of quarantine or isolation, if needed/eligible. This may be a standardized food box.
•Help with filing for other assistance programs, such as Emergency Rental Assistance, utility assistance, fuel assistance, MaineCare, etc.
•Masks, cleaning supplies, pulse oximeters, thermometers, and other quarantine items
•Recommendations on how to safely quarantine/isolate at home, and how long to quarantine/isolate
•Quarantine shelter resources, and necessary transport services (if available in your region)
•Assistance finding testing and vaccination
•Cultural supports and interpreters
•Support for stress and anxiety
(** This program does not have funds to directly replace lost wages. This program does not provide medical care or assessment but can link you to local providers or your doctor.)
Submit a referral here; the Community Care team will determine eligibility and match the household with a local agency for support.
- Quarantine Shelter
One quarantine shelter remains open in the state, in Lewiston, and will welcome guests (from any part of the state) through May 31, 2022. Quarantine shelters are used by people experiencing homelessness, those living in congregate housing, or in dense or unsafe housing for isolation/quarantine. The shelter accepts both cases and confirmed close contacts. Nurse check-ins, antigen testing, and culturally appropriate food are available on-site. Submit a referral here
Please note: The quarantine shelter does not provide transportation. The shelter staff and Community Care team will attempt to arrange for transport on a case-by-case basis. Plans should be made to quarantine in place until transport can be arranged—usually same or next day—depending on location in the state.
- Community Outreach
Our Community Care partners are continuously creating outreach and education materials about testing, vaccine promotion, COVID-19 safety, and isolation/quarantine guidelines to promote health equity through increased access to information. Many have been translated into numerous languages. To connect and share education materials, email email@example.com.