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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.

Join us as a community champion!

Are you a community member, municipal representative, business or organization leader interested in working with the Healthy Community Coalition to increase vaccination rates in greater Franklin County? Contact Deb Burd for more information.

August COVID-19 Mobile Walk-in Vaccination Clinics

During the month of August, HCC is offering mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinics for adults. Moderna and Pfizer vaccines will be available. Visitors can receive a first dose, second dose, booster dose or second booster dose (for those 50 and older).

  • Thursday, August 18, 2 - 5:30 pm Fotter’s Market, Stratton
  • Tuesday, August 23, 4:30 - 6:30 pm Faith Works Community Outreach, Strong
  • Friday, August 26, 3 - 5:30 pm Maine Wood Turning, New Vineyard

Please bring your COVID-19 vaccination card and insurance card with you if you have them. Insurance is not required for vaccination. See more vaccination opportunities.

In-home rapid testing

QuickVue home COVID-19 test kit boxThe Healthy Community Coalition is distributing free at-home COVID-19 test kits daily, Monday through Thursday 8:30am – 4 pm, and Friday 8:30am – 12pm, 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

Learn more about testing.

Resources

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

Funding Source

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.