COVID-19 has had a significant impact on Maine businesses and workers. We know there are many concerns, and want to be able to provide as much information as we can. Information you may be interested in can be found below. To receive Dept. of Labor updates directly, please follow the Maine Department of Labor on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Everyone age 12 and older is now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. All three U.S. FDA-authorized COVID- 19 vaccines have proven to be safe and remarkably effective at preventing severe disease and death from COVID-19. We encourage everyone 12 and older to get the vaccine as soon as possible.
Scheduling Your Appointment
The vaccines are free, and many sites across the State are providing vaccination with no appointment necessary. To find an appointment near you, please visit the State of Maine COVID-19 website
If you cannot access the website or need additional assistance to get an appointment, you can call the Maine COVID-19 Community Vaccination Line at 1-888-445-4111. The Community Vaccination Line can also support Maine people who need interpretation assistance, help with transportation, are homebound, or have other questions about resources in their area. Deaf or hard of hearing individuals can access the Community Vaccination Line by dialing 711 and requesting to be connected to 1-888-445-4111.
Should you have a child or guardian in need of vaccination, please note that only the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been authorized by the FDA for use in youth ages 12-17. Please visit State of Maine COVID-19 website to learn which sites are vaccinating youth.
Need a Ride to Your Vaccination Appointment?
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services is offering free rides for anyone in Maine to and from a COVID-19 vaccination appointment. Call 1-855-608-5172 to reserve a ride at least 48 hours in advance of your appointment. That phone number can also support translation services, should you need to request a ride and your preferred language is not English.
Individuals must have a vaccination appointment before requesting a ride. Rides will be provided to and from the appointment. These may be shared rides so DHHS can provide transportation to as many people as possible, and face masks will be required.
DHHS can provide transportation for appointments that are scheduled Monday through Saturday from 7:00 am - 4:00 pm. At least 48 hours before the vaccine appointment, individuals should call 1-855-608-5172 to reserve a ride and should have the following information ready:
Date and time of appointment
Name, address, and phone number of the facility where they are receiving the vaccination
MaineCare members who already use a Non-Emergency Transportation (NET) broker to arrange rides to their MaineCare-covered services should call that same broker for rides to vaccination clinics. This program is for MaineCare members who are ineligible for Non-Emergency Transportation as well as any other Maine resident who does not have access to reliable transportation to get to their vaccination appointment.
For more information about the NET program, including how to submit a ride request online, please visit the DHHS NET website
Maine DHHS remains committed to making vaccination as accessible as possible. With as few as 10 confirmed patients, any community partner, (employer, school, religious organization, community group, etc.) can organize a pop-up clinic to bring vaccinations to their community.
The Maine Immunization Program at the Maine CDC will connect all approved applicants with a medical provider. The applicant or their designee will work with the assigned medical provider to finalize logistics. The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) can assist by providing guidance on clinic preparations. For questions or more information on vaccination clinics, please contact VaccinePopupClinics.DHHS@maine.gov.
WIC is a supplemental nutrition program serving thousands of Maine families. Services include:
Healthy foods, including fruits and veggies, milk, whole grains, infant foods and formula
Nutrition Education and Consultation
Breastfeeding Support, including breastfeeding supplies and weight checks
Referrals to other necessary services
Who can apply for the Maine WIC Nutrition Program?
WIC is open to anyone living in Maine, including migrants working in Maine.
Applicants can be any of the following categories:
Women who are pregnant
Women who are breastfeeding or had a baby in the last six months.
Infants and children up to the age of five, including adopted and foster children.
Fathers may apply for their children
Current household income and reduced income due to loss of employment are considered when applying.
If you recently lost health insurance through your job, or even if you’ve been uninsured for a while, you may qualify for a free or low-cost health plan through MaineCare or the Health Insurance Marketplace. Some coverage options have deadlines to sign up, so don’t delay – learn more and find out if you qualify by visiting CoverME.gov.
Even if you plan to be back to work soon, it’s worth signing up now to make sure you’re covered for an unexpected illness or accident, doctor’s visits, prescriptions, and more.
During these challenging times, make health care coverage one less thing to worry about: visit CoverME.gov or call (800) 965-7476 for free, local help to find the affordable plan that’s right for you.
For more information on services from the Department of Health and Human Services, such as TANF and food supplement benefits, visit the DHHS Program Services web page
Need help paying rent or utilities? The Emergency Rental Assistance Program is now accepting applications! This program helps eligible renters affected by COVID-19. Learn more mainehousing.org/covidrent
To find other information about rent relief, fuel assistance, food supplement benefits, and other general assistance, please call 211 or visit 211maine.org.