Need help getting vaccinated? Or details on boosters?
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 Line (DIAL) can be reached by calling 888-677-1199 or by emailing DIAL@usaginganddisability.org at 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). Use this new infographic to help spread the word about DIAL.
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A report in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) found that adults with a disability reported more difficulties obtaining a COVID-19 vaccine than adults without disabilities and that adults with disabilities were less likely to be vaccinated despite being less likely to report hesitancy about getting vaccinated. (Posted October 1)
A recording and slides from the September 30 webinar, "Emergency Rental Assistance Program: Tools to Assist the People You Serve," are now available. View the webinar on YouTube for tools and information to help the people you serve learn more about, and apply for, Emergency Rental Assistance. The slides have links and additional useful information. (Posted October 1)
CDC’s Health Equity Guiding Principles for Inclusive Communication emphasize the importance of addressing all people inclusively and respectfully. These principles are intended to help public health professionals, particularly health communicators, within and outside of CDC ensure their communication products and strategies adapt to the specific cultural, linguistic, environmental, and historical situation of each population or audience of focus. (Posted September 27)
The National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) has developed a number of infographics highlighting disparities in how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted people with disabilities and strategies to promote health equity. (Posted September 27)
Uber, Lyft, and other partners have developed initiatives to help increase access to vaccinations. (Posted September 27)
Individuals may be eligible for a free ride with Uber through the Vaccine Access Fund. Reach the service by calling their partner, GoGoGrandparent at (855) 921-0033 and say you would like to book a free ride to and from your vaccine location.
Individuals may also be eligible for a free ride through a partnership between Lyft and United Way in certain states (AL, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IL, IN, LA, MD, MA, MO, NC, NE, NJ, NY, OH, PA, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI). Visit lyft.com/vax to complete an online screening tool or call your state’s 2-1-1 United Way line.
LISC, Uber, Paypal Giving Fund, and Walgreens have joined forces to create the Vaccine Access Fund addressing health inequities and facilitating rides to vaccination sites and other places where people can learn about the vaccine from trusted contacts. Organization interested in funding can complete this form.
CDC recommends that older adults (65+), adult residents of long-term care facilities, and people aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 Vaccine at least 6 months after their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. CDC also recommends that the following groups may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 Vaccine at least 6 months after completing their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series: adults under 50 with underlying medical conditions and adults under 65 at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting. (Posted September 24)
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
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.