Trained staff are standing by to help you find vaccine locations, make appointments, and connect to local services and supports if you need them to access vaccines. They also can connect you to information to answer questions or concerns you may have about the vaccine.
For people with disabilities: The Disability Information and Assistance Center (DIAL) can be reached by calling 888-677-1199 or by emailing DIAL@n4a.org any time.
For older adults: Call the Eldercare Locator at 800-677-1116 or visit the website to chat live or browse resources.
Both phone lines are staffed Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Eastern).
What's New (June 5 - June 11)
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HHS' We Can Do This campaign has developed English and Spanish vaccination education toolkits which include resources for older adults, caregivers, and aging organizations to build vaccine confidence. (Posted June 1)
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) posted updated and expanded technical assistance related to the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing questions arising under the federal equal employment opportunity laws. The EEOC also posted a new resource for job applicants and employees, explaining how federal employment discrimination laws protect workers during the pandemic. The new information explains how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) apply when an employer offers incentives for employees to provide documentation or other confirmation of vaccination. (Posted May 28)
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is partnering with Lyft to provide older adults access to reliable and affordable rides to both of their COVID-19 vaccine appointments. Aging services professionals can help their older clients by using the special #LyftUp promo codes—worth up to $25 per person each way. To learn more, click HERE. (Posted May 20)
Recent CDC guidance recommends that fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. (Posted May 19)
CMS has issued new guidance on how states can receive enhanced funding, provided through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP), to increase access to home and community based services (HCBS) for Medicaid beneficiaries. Acting ACL Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging Alison Barkoff has written a policy update with more on the guidance. (Posted May 19)
CMS has announced a new rule to improve COVID-19 vaccine access for older adults and people with disabilities in congregate settings. This new policy is a powerful step in furthering the Biden Administration’s commitment to equitable vaccine access and ensuring that those who are most at risk – including people living in congregate settings – have access. It also advances the Administration’s focus on racial equity by improving access to vaccines for staff, the majority of whom are women of color. This blog post by ACL Acting Administrator has more details. (Posted May 11)
All Department of Veterans Affairs facilities and clinics that administer COVID-19 vaccines are accepting walk-ins for eligible veterans, spouses and caregivers. (Posted May 10)
National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness
The National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness provides detailed information about the seven goals of Biden Administration's coordinated pandemic response. The 198-page strategy document begins with an overview of the goals, followed by details on a variety of topics, many of which intersect the core missions of the aging and disability networks. Among the topics covered are home and community based services, vaccination communication, impact on at-risk groups, equitable access to PPE, and community-based, multi-sector efforts to align health and social interventions. The strategy reflects the White House's priorities for addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.
Follow your state's guidance
Decisions about community measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, as well as vaccine prioritization and distribution, will be made by local and state officials, The links in this section will connect you to some state resources.
The Maryland Department of Aging has implemented (June 2020) a statewide Caregiver Services Corps (CSC), with the goal of enabling older adults to remain in their homes with the support systems in place to do so.