COVID-19 Resources

updated 10/16/2023

MWCIL has collected COVID-19 resources for people with disabilities.  Follow up with the providers to confirm all details as many programs have ended.  If you have a disability and need assistance, MWCIL continues to be fully staffed.

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From In Massachusetts, visit the Find a COVID-19 test page for more information on PCR and other tests. Visit Get Tested in Massachusetts page to find a testing site.

Federal Tests

Anyone can ask for 4 free COVID-10 tests. For more information on federal testing, visit COVID-19 Tests. The expiration dates of some tests have been extended, so check this link before throwing away expired tests.

For assistance: Call 888-677-1199 Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Eastern) or email

People who have difficulty accessing the internet or need additional support placing an order can call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489) to get help in English, Spanish, and more than 150 other languages—8am to midnight ET, 7 days a week. For more information, people can visit: Frequently Asked Questions at


As of early October 2023, new Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are available. Read the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control. The American Medical Association has more advice.

Vaccination Locations:

Vaccination Resources:

Vaccine Eligibility

Anyone ages 6 months and older who lives, works, or studies in Massachusetts can get the vaccine for free.

Recommendations for Additional Vaccines

Some people may get additional doses of COVID-19 vaccines:

  • People aged 65 years and older may get 1 additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine 4 or more months after the 1st updated COVID-19 vaccine.
  • People who are moderately or severely immuno-compromised may get 1 additional dose of updated COVID-19 vaccine 2 or more months after the last updated COVID-19 vaccine. Talk to your healthcare provider about additional updated doses.

Homebound MA Residents and In-home Vaccinations

The Homebound Vaccination Program is for all eligible residents who are unable to get to a vaccine site. You can call (833) 983-0485 to sign up.  

In-home Vaccine Eligibility

In-home vaccinations are available for anyone who is unable to get to a vaccine location.

Sign up for an In-home Vaccine

Homebound residents or their assistants can call 1-833-983-0485 to begin the process of scheduling an in-home vaccine appointment. The line will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., available in English and Spanish and with translators available for other languages.

Many local Boards of Health are managing their own homebound vaccination programs for their community. The Central Intake Line will help connect homebound individuals from across the Commonwealth with the right resource.

If in-home vaccination is appropriate, individuals will be registered with the State Homebound Vaccine Provider, Commonwealth Care Alliance, or referred to their local Board of Health.

Myths about the Vaccine

Myths about the vaccine from Sanford Health:

  • Myth: It was rushed and isn’t safe. FACT: Researchers took no safety shortcuts. Large studies show the vaccine is safe.
  • Myth: It changes your DNA. FACT: It’s impossible for the vaccine to change your DNA.
  • Myth: It can give you Covid-19. FACT: The vaccine does not contain a live virus strain.
  • Myth: It contains egg protein. FACT: It does not contain egg proteins and can be given to people with egg allergies.
  • Myth: It causes severe side effects. FACT: For most, the vaccine causes mild side effects that resolve in a few days.
  • Myth: It makes women infertile. FACT: There is no evidence that the vaccine causes infertility.

Civil Rights and COVID-19

Learn about the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Justice Guidance on Long Covid as a Disability.

Congregate Settings

Nursing Home Family Resource Line

Open Every Day – 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM – a dedicated phone line to connect family members of nursing home and rest home residents with the information and resources they need. This new phone line provides one central contact for families and community members who have questions about the nursing home or rest home care their loved one is receiving during the COVID-19 outbreak. Staff will field questions on a range of topics and coordinate across state agencies to help provide answers.

MA Department of Public Health

DPH has posted information and fact sheets in several languages, as well as updated Massachusetts information on Covid-19 at DPH.

MassHealth Information

Consumer Information:

General MassHealth Information:

90 Day Supplies of Medication for MassHealth Members:

PPE – Personal Protection Equipment for Covid-19 Positive Members

MassHealth PPE Program for COVID-19 Positive Members will get a supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) sent to the home of MassHealth members receiving certain MassHealth covered in-home services and supports and who have a documented case of COVID-19 so that they can continue to receive services at home by their personal care attendant (PCA), independent nurse, or direct care worker. Download the file below for more information.

MassHealth PPE Program for COVID-19 Positive Members (pdf) (2020 document)

PCA Users

All COVID expansion / exceptions ended May 11, 2023.


Visit for COVID-19 Eviction Information


The Mass. Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) Emergency SNAP (food stamps) supplements ended June 2, 2023. Visit MWCIL’s Food Resource page for local food pantries and other information.


Schools are back in person. Learn more, including positive tests in your school district, at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education COVID-19 Webpage.


The National Disability Institute has put together resource pages about the financial impact that Covid-19 has on people with disabilities and those with chronic health conditions, as well as their families and communities. Visit their National Resilience Center for more information.

Mental Health

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Resources

American Sign Language

Other Deaf and Hard of Hearing Resources

Disability Rights and Healthcare

We have heard threats and warnings that healthcare may need to be rationed, and that “someone” may have to decide who gets treated and who does not. These warnings are especially frightening for people with disabilities who may feel undervalued.

From ACL – Administration for Community Living

ACL resources for seniors and people with disabilities.

COVID-19 Info By and For People with Disabilities