Vaccination Resources

Vaccinations will help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Staying up-to-date on vaccinations is the most important thing we all can do to protect ourselves from serious illness due to COVID-19. It’s particularly crucial for older adults and people with disabilities

Updated (bi-valent) vaccinations are now available. CDC recommends that people 6 months and older receive updated (bivalent) doses. Use this CDC tool to find out when you should get a booster.

Need help getting vaccinated (including booster shots)?

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 help with ordering free at-home test kits through the program announced by the White House on January 14, if you cannot access the online order form, and  connect you to information to answer questions or concerns you may have about the vaccine. 

Both phone lines are staffed Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Eastern). 

Just need to find a COVID-19 vaccine location in the U.S?  

  • Visit Vaccines.gov,
  • Text your ZIP code to 438829, or
  • Call 1-800-232-0233.

CDC Guidance for people who are immunocompromised

People with moderately to severely compromised immune systems are especially vulnerable to COVID-19, and may not build the same level of immunity from the standard primary vaccine series as people who are not immunocompromised. Therefore, CDC recommends an additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for everyone who is moderately or severely immunocompromised at the time of vaccination. Find the latest CDC vaccination recommendations for people who are immunocompromised. 

The facts about COVID-19 vaccinations

Vaccines and long-term care facilities

recording and materials are available for the February 2022 webinar, Accelerating boosters to support safe visitation for long-term care residentswatch on YouTube and download a list of resources presented during the webinar. The webinar, hosted by ACL and the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care, explored the important role families play in residents’ decisions to get boosters and how families can help their loved ones get fully protected. It also discussed strategies for ACL’s networks to effectively engage families on the importance of boosters. Speakers from CMS and the White House COVID-19 Response Team shared the latest information on boosters. 

ACL/CDC partnership to increase access to COVID-19 vaccines for older adults and people with disabilities

2022

ACL will award two grants totaling $125 million to rapidly increase the number of older adults and people with disabilities who have received the updated COVID-19 vaccine. Applications are due by Tuesday, December 6, 2022.

The two grants will have complementary, but distinct, areas of focus: 

  1. Option A ($75 million): Will establish and leverage partnerships and engagement with area agencies on aging, state No Wrong Door systems/aging and disability resource centers, centers for independent living, other ACL-funded disability networks, and other community-based organizations that serve older adults and people with disabilities.  
  2. Option B ($50 million): Will build and leverage partnerships with senior centers, community centers, and local community- and faith-based organizations that reach older adults and people with disabilities.

Both programs will prioritize reaching older adults and people with disabilities who have been historically underserved and who face additional barriers to accessing vaccines, including but not limited to those who are from communities of color, LGBTQ+, Native American, live in rural areas, are at risk of institutionalization, low income, or have limited English proficiency. The grantees selected for each option will closely coordinate efforts to ensure their activities are complementary, rather than duplicative. 
 
For more information, including complete eligibility and application information, see the full Notice of Funding Opportunity.

2021

On March 29, President Biden announced several actions to expand access to COVID-19 vaccines, including an exciting partnership between ACL and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to increase vaccine access for people with disabilities and older adults.

These grants will provide assistance with scheduling vaccine appointments, transportation to vaccine sites, direct support services needed to attend vaccine appointments, connection to in-home vaccination options, and education about the importance of receiving the vaccine to older adults and people with disabilities. In addition, these grants will enable the aging and disability networks to identify people who are unable to independently travel to vaccination sites and to provide technical assistance to local health departments on improving access to vaccines for people with disabilities and older adults.

Approximately $5 million will fund national hotlines to connect older adults and people with disabilities with local disability and aging agencies that can assist with vaccine registration and provide services and supports necessary to get the vaccine. This funding will increase the capacity of the Eldercare Locator, a nationwide service funded by ACL that connects older Americans and their caregivers with trustworthy local support resources. It also will leverage the infrastructure of the Eldercare Locator to provide, for the first time, a similar service for people with disabilities. 

An additional $93 million will be distributed as follows:

  • State Units on Aging and Area Agencies on Aging ($50 million)
  • Aging and Disability Resource Centers ($26 million)
  • Centers for Independent Living that receive federal funding directly from ACL. ($5 million)
  • University Centers of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities ($4 million)
  • Protection and Advocacy systems ($4 million)
  • State Councils on Developmental Disabilities ($4 million)

Learn more about this partnership.

ACL guidance for the aging and disability networks

Expanding vaccine access for people with disabilities and older adults

  • In November 2022, Acting ACL Administrator Alison Barkoff joined an online discussion with Surgeon General Vivek Murthy about the power of partnerships in increasing bivalent vaccination of older adults and people with disabilities. Representatives from two ACL-funded aging and disability service providers — Walter Glomb, executive director of the Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities, and Bev Kidder , vice president of community programs at the Area Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut — also participated in the discussion, sharing powerful stories of how collaboration can help older adults and people with disabilities get vaccinated.

  • 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 (funding must be used in underserved communities). 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."Strategies for Helping Older Adults and People with Disabilities Access COVID-19 Vaccines" is a document developed by ACL that offers examples and promising practices for states, municipalities, community-based partners, and anyone else working to ensure that older adults and people with disabilities can get vaccinated for COVID-19.

  • How ACL’s Disability and Aging Network is Advancing Vaccination Efforts

  • A recording and slides from ACL's September 30, 2021 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.

  • The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an additional payment amount for administering in-home COVID-19 vaccinations to Medicare beneficiaries who have difficulty leaving their homes or are otherwise hard-to-reach. This effort will help the approximately 1.6 million adults 65 or older who may have trouble accessing COVID-19 vaccinations because they have difficulty leaving home.
  • The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and HHS have released a toolkit to support community health centers and HUD-assisted housing and homeless programs to partner on COVID-19 vaccination delivery, COVID-19 testing, and health care for residents of public housing, low-income housing (including housing for older adults and people with disabilities), and people experiencing homelessness.
  • To ensure Medicare beneficiaries who have difficulty leaving their homes or are otherwise hard-to-reach can receive COVID-19 vaccinations, CMS announced in August 2021 that health care providers can receive additional payments for administering vaccines to multiple residents in one home setting or communal setting of a home. This includes smaller group homes, assisted living facilities, and other group living situations.
  • CDC: Vaccinating Homebound Persons
  • CDC Community-Based Organizations Vaccine Toolkit
  • 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.
  • On May 11, CMS 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.
  • Transportation resources:
    • 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.
    • The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center has compiled a list of programs providing transportation or connecting older adults and people with disabilities to vaccination sites.
    • The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is partnering with Lyft to provide older adults access to reliable, 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.
  • FEMA blog: Easing the Vaccination Process for People with Developmental Disabilities."
  • Interested in helping with the COVID-19 vaccination effort? Find out about the opportunity to join the COVID-19 Community Corps. This COVID-19 public education campaign will increase vaccine confidence while reinforcing basic prevention measures. Corps members Corps member receive resources to help build vaccine confidence in the community.
  • The HHS Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) released a brief on the potential barriers to accessing the COVID-19 vaccine faced by homebound older adults.
  • The HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response has a webpage dedicated to "Engaging Community-Based Organizations: Promising Practices for Reaching At-Risk Individuals for COVID-19 Vaccination and Information." The page outlines the CMIST Framework and describes funding that may be available to CBOs to support vaccination assistance efforts.
  • The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an update to the Coverage and Reimbursement of COVID-19 Vaccines, Vaccine Administration, and Cost Sharing under Medicaid, CHIP, and BHP vaccine toolkit
  • The Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships has issued an FAQ and Guide to Supporting Vaccine Confidence for Faith and Community Leaders.
  • All Department of Veterans Affairs facilities and clinics that administer COVID-19 vaccines are accepting walk-ins for eligible veterans, spouses and caregivers.
  • An issue brief from AT3 highlights how state and territorial Assistive Technology Act programs are supporting vaccination efforts.

Beware of vaccination-related scams

Scammers rapidly alter their tactics and adapt their schemes to the changing landscape, and we anticipate that they will leverage the COVID-19 vaccine to prey on unsuspecting people. Be vigilant and protect yourself from potential fraud concerning COVID-19 vaccines and treatments.

Here are things you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine:

  • You likely will not need to pay anything out-of-pocket to get the vaccine during this public health emergency.
  • You cannot pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine.
  • You cannot pay to get early access to the vaccine.
  • You will not be solicited door to door to receive the vaccine.
  • No one from Medicare or the Health Department with contact you.
  • No one from a vaccine distribution site or health care payer, like a private insurance company, will call you asking for your Medicare number, Social Security number, or your credit card or bank account information to sign you up to get the vaccine.

The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) is ready to provide you with the information you need to PROTECT yourself from Medicare fraud, errors, and abuse; DETECT potential fraud, errors, and abuse; and REPORT your concerns. SMPs help educate and empower Medicare beneficiaries in the fight against health care fraud. Your SMP can help you with your questions, concerns, or complaints about potential fraud and abuse issues. It also provides information and educational presentations. To locate your local Senior Medicare Patrol, call 1-877-808-2468 or visit www.smpresource.org.

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Last modified on 03/16/2023


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