ELLSWORTH — Healthy Acadia has a limited number of COVID-19 rapid antigen self-test kits available at no cost to area residents in Hancock and Washington counties while supplies last.
Rapid antigen tests are one of a handful of affordable options promoted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other trusted health resources as a tool to help reduce the spread of COVID.
The tests can be self-administered at home and provide results within 15 minutes. Self-test kits are available from Healthy Acadia while supplies last through an initiative funded by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Program.
Thanks to support from the Maine Public Health Association, Healthy Acadia also has a limited number of gasoline gift cards available to help individuals access COVID-19 vaccination and testing. The gas cards may be used to support travel to vaccine appointments, testing sites and/or for friends or caregivers to support those in quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19.
To request a COVID-19 self-test kit and/or gasoline gift card, visit Healthy Acadia’s website — www.healthyacadia.org — and click the “Need Help?” button.
For more information about COVID-19 resources, contact Sonya Connelly at [email protected]
Healthy Acadia has also announced that its Youth Vaccine Promotion and Equity Team has launched a new COVID-19 Vaccine Peer Support Line to share trusted health information and resources and help community members overcome hesitancy about the COVID-19 vaccine, especially as it pertains to youth vaccination.
This outreach effort, supported by a grant from the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, is geared toward opening up community conversation in a confidential and judgment-free space.
Through a team staffed entirely by local youth and young adults, the initiative aims to aid efforts to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates among younger Mainers through open “peer-to-peer” communication. Parents and young adults are encouraged to ask any questions they have regarding vaccination.
“The intensity of the COVID-19 pandemic cannot be overestimated,” said Nina Duggan, Youth Vaccine Equity Team leader. “Our response must be to offer compassion and properly-cited information to help allay fears.”
Healthy Acadia’s COVID-19 Peer Support Line is staffed Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call or text 271-6023 to start a conversation. All conversations are completely confidential.
For more information about Healthy Acadia’s community health initiatives, visit www.healthyacadia.org.