Overcoming Vaccine Barriers
Here’s a list of resources you can use to inform your patients about what is available to them.
The federal government is providing the vaccine free of charge to all people in the United States, regardless of their immigration or health insurance status. To make an appointment visit vaccines.gov, text your ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233.
In order to help those without internet access, many states and local municipalities have their own vaccine number individuals can call for information about the COVID-19 vaccine and to schedule an appointment. Or they can call the CDC at 1-800-232-0233 (TTY: 888-720-7489) for assistance in English, Spanish, and many other languages.
A number of cities around the country have created programs to transport people to vaccination appointments. Programs exist like United Way's Ride United Vaccine Access Campaign as well as transit systems with either free transit or vaccine facilities in transit stations. Check the VaxTransite campaign for more info.
Many Americans do not have the ability to take time off work to get vaccinated. The federal government has created a tax credit for small- and medium-sized businesses to fully offset the cost of paid leave for employees to get vaccinated and recover from any after-effects of vaccination. And a number of organizations are offering free childcare to help people get vaccinated.
Download our PDF flyer Overcoming Vaccine Barriers which contains the above and more detailed information on this topic.