COVID-19 Public Health in Greater Franklin County
Healthy Community Coalition’s Hometowns Partnership supports trusted voices in local communities in sharing information about:
- COVID-19 vaccines
- Building vaccine confidence
- Addressing barriers to vaccination for individuals in under-served communities
The project’s target population includes unvaccinated people in Franklin County, Androscoggin County, Oxford County and bordering towns in Kennebec and Somerset counties. This includes a special focus on individuals with pre-existing conditions, the elderly, adolescents, young adults, members of faith-based communities and individuals working in occupations that do not allow them to leave work to be vaccinated or to learn about the benefits of vaccination.
Everyone has a role to play in slowing the spread of COVID-19. This grassroots outreach effort with key community partners aims to build vaccine confidence in the hardest hit and highest risk communities. Our goal is to ensure that everyone has fair and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines and to increase community vaccination rates.
Public walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinics are taking place on the following dates for individuals ages 18 and older. Vaccines are provided at no cost and all are welcome.
- May 4: 2 - 5 pm at the Eustis Community Center, 88 Main Street in Stratton
- May 19: 3 – 6 pm at UMF, 274 Front Street in Farmington
- May 25: 11 am - 2 pm at Rangeley Health & Wellness, 25 Dallas Hill Road in Rangeley
- June 1: 9 am - noon at Western Maine Community Action, 20 Church Street, East Wilton
Those attending will be administered their choice of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine and can get their first, second, booster dose or second booster for those ages 50 and older. People over the age of 50 can now get a second booster dose 4 months after their first booster dose to further increase their protection. Learn more about second booster doses.
Staff from NorthStar EMS and Healthy Community Coalition of Greater Franklin County will be administering the shots. Individuals attending should bring their COVID-19 vaccination card with them. Those with health insurance are asked to bring their cards with them also, but insurance is not mandatory. See more vaccination opportunities.
In-home rapid testing
The Healthy Community Coalition is distributing free at-home COVID-19 test kits daily, Monday through Friday 8:30am – 4 pm, via pick-up at its office at 105 Mt. Blue Circle, Suite #1 in Farmington, while supplies last.
The tests being distributed are authorized for home use in individuals ages 2 and older with results in ten minutes. The kits are provided by The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Testing is an important tool to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control at-home COVID-19 tests can be used under the following circumstances:
- For anyone experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms
- At least five days after a known exposure to someone with COVID-19
- Immediately before going to a large gathering or indoor event with people who are at risk of severe disease or who may be unvaccinated
Most COVID-19 cases are mild to moderate but anyone can have severe symptoms, including children and young adults. Older adults and people who have underlying medical conditions such as heart or lung disease or diabetes are at higher risk for developing more serious complications such as severe respiratory illness or death. To learn more we recommend visiting the resources below
Healthy Community Coalition was awarded a federal grant to fund Healthy Community Coalition’s Hometowns Partnership. The award is from U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) American Rescue Plan. It is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. DHHS as part of an award totaling $1 million with zero percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.