Key information is provided below for organizations seeking to vaccinate staff and those seeking easier vaccine access for their clients.
I run a camp or other out-of-school program, can my counselors/teachers get vaccinated?
At the end of January, the Essential Workers Team of the CDC’s Vaccine Implementation Task Force confirmed with the American Camp Association (ACA) that out-of-school workers had been included in the Essential Workers category as requested. State and local health authorities are responsible for establishing the parameters within which camps will be allowed to operate in person this summer. The ACA expects rules and guidance to be issued at mid-spring and offers a vaccination toolkit to support essential workers' vaccination. Scott Brody, educator and National Board Chair of the ACA, discusses reopening plans for Jewish camps throughout the country.
Generally, the CDC has issued recommendations to guide youth and summer camps as they consider operating in person this summer. Camp administrators can use the CDC’s readiness and planning tool, which describes how camps can help their campers, counselors, and communities to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
My organization works with older adults, people with disabilities, and others who may need transportation to a vaccine site. How can we help them find a ride?
Those covered by Medicaid or Medicare may be eligible for non-emergency medical transportation, but coverage varies from state to state. If available, this benefit may provide transportation to vaccination appointments. You can help clients check their plan to determine whether this coverage is available and how to access it.
Some states and cities are partnering with alternative transportation services (e.g., Uber and Lyft) to provide rides to appointments to Medicaid beneficiaries and others. Additional agencies that may be able to arrange a ride:
My organization works with homebound older adults, people with disabilities, and others who cannot easily be moved. How can we help them get vaccinated?
Vaccinating homebound seniors and people with disabilities is proving to be a significant challenge across the country. The CDC has issued guidance for vaccinating those who are homebound because they need someone’s help. Both the CDC and the National Governors Association recommend mobile vaccination as an element of equitable vaccine distribution measures. States, counties and cities are starting to launch mobile vaccination operations to administer the vaccine to these hard-to-reach older adults, people with disabilities, and those with serious health conditions at home. To learn what options are available in your community, please contact: