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Resources

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, check out helpful resources for people with disabilities.

A vaccine is designed to prevent diseases. The COVID-19 vaccines tell your body how to recognize and fight the virus. There are many resources to help answer frequently asked questions:

Vaccine eligibility

Every Minnesotan age 12 years and older is eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Providers are encouraged to prioritize vaccine appointments for people most at risk of getting COVID-19, or those who could develop severe illness if infected. This includes older Minnesotans, those with underlying health conditions and those in essential jobs. The Minnesota Department of Health has information on who should be prioritized.

Where to find a vaccine

There are many opportunities to find a COVID-19 vaccine:

Vaccine myths and facts

Optimal Health Care has a series of short videos sharing myths related to COVID-19 and the vaccines. In these six videos, Karla Robeson, Vice President of Community Partnerships has a discussion about COVID-19 and getting vaccinated with Dr. Jacob Minang, CEO of Optimal Health Care, Inc.

What to expect: Accessibility at State of Minnesota Vaccination Sites

COVID-19 has changed how we all live our lives. You have a right to information that explains COVID-19 in a way that helps you make informed choices about how and where you spend your time. Start here:

Being laid off or losing health insurance through your employer are life events that qualify you to enroll in health coverage through MNsure. Learn more at the MNsure website.

If you have insurance through MNsure and your income has gone down, be sure to report it. You may be eligible for an advanced premium tax credit and cost-sharing reductions.

If you qualify for Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare or you're a member of a federally recognized American Indian tribe, you're eligible for year-round enrollment.

If you have MA-EPD, see frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and MA-EPD (PDF) from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

If you use PCA services, consider these action steps for PCA users in response to coronavirus.

If you can't access your waiver services because of social distancing, find out if remote support (real-time, two-way communication) may be available by phone or computer. Discuss service options with your case manager. Read more about waivers and modifications from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

Unemployment benefits are available to people who are unemployed through no fault of their own, even if you get SSI or SSDI. All workers affected by COVID-19 are encouraged to apply for unemployment benefits. The unemployment insurance program will review your application and determine your eligibility for benefits. You can apply for unemployment benefits online. To learn more, watch this benefits video on COVID-19 and unemployment insurance (04:09).

Eligibility information for the second economic impact payment is available from the Social Security Administration

Check Minnesota benefits information and sign up for COVID-19 email alerts from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

Has COVID-19 made it hard to pay your rent or utility bills? You may be eligible for COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance through RentHelpMN. Find out if you qualify and get ready to apply. You can't be evicted if you can't pay your rent due to COVID-19. Read about renters' rights during the pandemic.

For now, most utility providers have suspended utility disconnects. Check with your utility provider for details. You might also check with the Low Income Energy Assistance Program.

You might be able to get COVID-19 emergency food support from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). You can also find food and nutrition resources related to COVID-19 from the Minnesota Department of Education.

Hunger Solutions helps families and kids find free meals during school closures. Meals on Wheels meal delivery can provide meals to those at high risk during the pandemic regardless of ability to pay.

You can use Metro Mobility grocery delivery to pick up your groceries and deliver them to your house.

To find out about COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's COVID-19 resources. Get simple tips to stop the spread of COVID-19 (PDF). You can also watch these videos: 

How do I choose when to interact with people or take part in activities outside my home during the pandemic?

  • Review this decision aid (PDF) to guide you through a series of questions based on your interests and your level of risk. Working step-by-step through this decision aid may help you clarify the reasons for doing (or not doing) an activity where other people are present.

Accessible resources about COVID-19 are available. They include braille, accessible Word documents and PDFs, American Sign Language and simplified text.

If you think you have COVID-19

  • Stay home while you're sick. This keeps you from accidentally spreading COVID-19 to others who may be at higher risk of serious complications.
  • If you're older or have underlying medical conditions, let your health care team know that you're sick. They may have specific advice for you.
  • Seek medical care right away if your illness gets worse (for example, if you have trouble breathing). Before going to the doctor's office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them your symptoms. They will tell you what to do.
  • Use the CDC's coronavirus self-checker to make decisions about seeking medical care. If you have other concerns, call the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-657-3903.
  • Take a COVID-19 test. Minnesota offers free at-home COVID-19 saliva testing for people with or without symptoms. You can order a test online that will be shipped to your home, along with a prepaid package to return it. Learn more about the COVID-19 Test at Home program from the Minnesota Department of Health.

To find out if you've been near someone who tests positive for COVID-19, use the COVIDaware MN app.

Support groups

The Cultural, Faith and Disability Branch with the Minnesota Department of Health is hosting COVID-19 Community Engagement webinars. Register to hear the latest information and share your input and questions.

To find a virtual support group, start with Facebook. To find a group that might be right for you, search the groups section using words like "AA" or "mental health." Also consider any of these mental health resources: