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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. 

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Find the latest vaccine-related information, guidance, and resources from ACL and our partners.

What's New (December 23 - January 18)

Here are the latest additions to this page. Sign up for ACL Updates to receive these and other updates via e-mail.

  • HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra has renewed the determination of a Public Health Emergency that began January 27, 2020. The 90 day renewal takes effect January 16. (Posted January 18).

  • FDA’s Know your Treatment Options reviews the many current treatment options in the battle against coronavirus disease in multiple languages. (Posted January 18).

  • CDC has updated its guidance on masks and respirators. (Posted January 18)

  • ACL Funding News: ACL is awarding $150M to expand the aging and disability networks’ public health workforce. Read the announcement to learn what this funding supports and how it's being distributed, plus find links to Federal Register notices and FAQs for our networks. (Posted January 13)

  • Able South Carolina, Independent Living Resource Utilization (ILRU), and the CDC Foundation are expanding eligibility for grant-based funding to Centers for Independent Living (CILs) to support vaccination access for people with disabilities. Eligible CILs now include: Part B CILs that did not receive CARES Act funding, Part B CILs operating under a Part C CIL, Part C CILs not previously eligible for CARES Act funding in fiscal year 2020, and any Part B or Part C CIL working to improve COVID-19 vaccine access in unserved counties. Awards of up to $50,000 are anticipated. Interested eligible CILs are encouraged to apply for funding by completing an online application by 12:00 pm (noon) ET on Monday, January 24.

  • CDC has provided updated guidance on boosters and additional doses (Posted January 4, updated January 5): 

    • CDC recommends that moderately or severely immunocompromised children between the ages of five and eleven receive an additional primary dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine 28 days after their second shot.  

    • All children between the ages 12 and 15 are now eligible for booster shots

    • When you should get your booster? CDC recommends that everyone 12 and older get a booster: 

      • Two months after your Johnson & Johnson shot

      • Five months after your last Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna shot (updated 1/10)

  • A new brief from ACL's Housing and Services Resource Center, COVID-19 Stimulates New Housing and Services Partnerships for People with Disabilities and Older Adults, provides an overview of housing-related challenges during the pandemic, new opportunities and federal resources, and partnerships that are making a difference. (Posted January 5)

  • ACL has shared a variety of resources you can use to get the word our about the importance of vaccine boosters. (Posted December 23) 

More recent additions
  • In a new blog post, ACL National Ombudsman Program Coordinator Beverley Laubert discusses nursing home residents' right to safe visitations and recent CMS guidance. (Posted December 23)

  • CDC announced a clinical preference in favor of individuals receiving an mRNA COVID-19 vaccination (Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech) over the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. CDC does state that, "Individuals who are unable or unwilling to receive an mRNA vaccine will continue to have access to Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine." (Posted December 22)

  • On November 10, ACL hosted a webinar, "Preventing and Addressing Eviction Through Community Partnerships," which featured ACL-funded programs for protecting rights and preventing abuse and described the state and local partnerships that help them to address the needs of people dealing with eviction. View the webinar recordingslides, and a transcript. (Posted December 16)

Resources for people with COVID-related disabilities

On July 26, the White House published this comprehensive package of resources for people with disabilities, including people with COVID-related disabilities. We've created a page for these and other resources for people with COVID-related disabilities -- we'll add to it as more resources are available.

For Older Adults, People with Disabilities, Families, and Caregivers

  • Vaccine info
  • Staying safe
  • Your rights

Click here to learn more

Find the latest vaccine-related resources

Find resources on "Long COVID"

For the Aging and Disability Networks

  • ACL Program Guidance
  • Promising Practices: Innovative approaches that may work in your community
  • Guidance from other federal programs

Find more resources here

Find a listing of upcoming and archived webinars

Find resources on promoting vaccinations and boosters

Ensuring Equity and Inclusion

Resources for

  • State and local COVID-19 response planners
  • Healthcare professionals
  • Educators
  • Businesses
  • others who need to understand the needs and issues of older adults and people with disabilities

Click here to find more helpful tips

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.

Links to state resources

Last modified on 01/18/2022

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