COVID-19 Vaccine Information Page
Posted on April 10, 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 (Moderna & Pfizer), the latest news from the Governor and Maine CDC, and a listing of vaccine clinics across the state.
Additionally, the Federal Government ended the Public Health Emergency for COVID-19 on May 11, 2023. Learn more about what this means for you by reviewing the Fact Sheet from February 2023. You can also stay up to date on the impact through the Office of MaineCare Services' COVID-19 & Public Health Emergency page.
State of Maine Vaccine Resources & Updates
- Maine DHHS Announces Expanded COVID-19 Rapid Testing Options (June 2nd, 2021)
- Non-Emergency Transportation (NET) COVID-19 Guidance for MaineCare Members
- 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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
General Vaccine Information
Vaccine Clinic Planning and Considerations
COVID-19 Informational Videos
Free COVID-19 Vaccines and Testing
Another COVID Vaccine??
New COVID-19 Vaccination Guidelines - August 2023
Taking Control of Your Health
Protect Your Health
Flu and COVID-19 Similarities
COVID-19 Vaccines for Children & Teens
COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Questions
Benefits of Getting Vaccinated
Babies and Toddlers Can Now Get Vaccinated!
People with disabilities can access the COVID-19 vaccine
Flu Season is Here
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.