We are actively responding to COVID-19 in our communities, and we are here to help you in any way we can. This page provides updates on YCCAC programs and services, as well as current information from the Maine CDC. Please return to this site often, as it is updated regularly.
NOVEMBER 17, 2021 Governor Mills Expands COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Eligibility to All Maine Adults
Governor Janet Mills announced today that, effective immediately, all Maine adults age 18 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster shot, regardless of underlying medical condition. Expanding booster eligibility will protect the health of Maine people, limit transmission of the deadly Delta variant, and preserve our health care system’s capacity now overburdened because of a sustained surge of COVID-19 cases. Because of this surge, particularly among unvaccinated individuals, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention has determined that all Maine residents live or work in high-risk settings, justifying the expansion of booster eligibility.
As a result of global energy markets, Maine is expected to see increases in the price of heating fuels and electricity this winter. The Governor’s Energy Office has prepared the following resources to help Maine people stay warm this winter and know where to find assistance if needed.
NOVEMBER 2, 2021 Mills Administration Statement on COVID-19 Vaccination for 5- to 11-year-olds
AUGUSTA— Governor Janet Mills, Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew, and Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Nirav D. Shah released the following statements today after the U.S. CDC recommended Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children 5 to 11 years old:
“I wholeheartedly welcome this development and thank the scientific community for their rigorous review of the data, which shows that the Pfizer vaccine is safe and effective in protecting children ages 5 and up from COVID-19,” said Governor Janet Mills.
OCTOBER 29, 2021 80 Percent of Eligible Maine People Are Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19
Maine is the 4th state in the nation to achieve 80 percent of all residents age 12 and older who are fully vaccinated.
Governor Janet Mills announced today that 80 percent of Maine residents who are eligible for a vaccine (ages 12+) are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the U.S. CDC. Maine is the fourth state in the nation to achieve the milestone. FULL STATEMENT
OCTOBER 27, 2021
CDC Expands Eligibility for COVID-19 Booster Shots
CDC now recommends that certain people are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster shot, including those who received Moderna and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccines. Get more information and read CDC’s media statement.
OCTOBER 26, 2021
YCCAC Transportation Program Extends Free Rides Through January 31, 2022
York County Community Action is pleased to offer free rides for essential needs, such as going to work, medical appointments, the pharmacy and grocery shopping, through January 31, 2022. We are doing our part to keep our riders and our drivers safe, including requiring our drivers to wear masks when any passengers are on board, having a barrier between the driver and the passenger entrance, requiring that all passengers wear masks, and offering a free mask to anyone who needs one. We have purchased electrostatic sanitizers that we use between rides when possible and always at the end of the day.
SEPTEMBER 7, 2021 WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THE DELTA VARIANT
AUGUST 26, 2021 U.S. CDC Face Covering Recommendations for Maine
Per updated guidance from the U.S. CDC, persons in counties with “substantial” or “high” levels of COVID-19 community transmission are advised to wear face coverings in public indoor settings.
York County remains in the “HIGH” level for COVID-19 community transmission. The Maine CDC lists daily the Cumulative COVID-19 Cases by County. As of yesterday (Wednesday, August 25), York County was second highest among all Maine counties for COVID-19 cases (14,552), Confirmed cases (11,473), Probable cases (3,079), Deaths (143), and Hospitalizations (416)—behind only Cumberland County.
AUGUST 23, 2021 FDA Approves First COVID-19 Vaccine
Approval Signifies Key Achievement for Public Health
AUGUST 23, 2021—Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine has been known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, and will now be marketed as Comirnaty (koe-mir’-na-tee), for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older. The vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA), including for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals.
AUGUST 12, 2021
MILLS ADMINISTRATION REQUIRES HEALTH CARE WORKERS TO BE FULLY VACCINATED AGAINST COVID-19 BY OCTOBER 1
Governor Mills’ decision garners support from a broad coalition of health care providers across Maine
Augusta, MAINE – The Mills Administration announced today that it will require health care workers in Maine to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect the health and lives of Maine people, safeguard Maine’s health care capacity, and limit the spread of the virus.
JUNE 22, 2021 YCCAC Transportation Extends Free Rides through October 31, 2021
York County Community Action is pleased to offer free rides for essential needs, such as going to work, medical appointments, the pharmacy and grocery shopping, through October 31, 2021. We are doing our part to keep our riders and our drivers safe, including requiring our drivers to wear masks when any passengers are on board, having a barrier between the driver and the passenger entrance, requiring that all passengers wear masks, and offering a free mask to anyone who needs one. We have purchased electrostatic sanitizers that we use between rides when possible and always at the end of the day.
MAY 25, 2021 Governor Mills Announces Another Vaccination Milestone: 70 Percent of Maine People 12 and Older Have Received First Shot of COVOD-19 Vaccine, Surpassing President Biden’s Goal READ ANNOUNCEMENT
MAY 19, 2021
YCCAC Recommends You Get a COVID-19 Vaccine as Soon as You Can
Getting a COVID-19 vaccination is a personal decision. We all weight the benefits against the risk, and then decide.
But we also see—have seen, for more than a year now—the devastation COVID-19 has brought to our communities, our state, our nation: to the world. The danger is not incidental, the suffering and loss of life is real.
York County Community Action Corporation strongly encourages everyone to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Nasson Health Care, located at 15 Oak Street in Springvale, offers walk-in and scheduled vaccinations whenever the health center is open. Most local pharmacies (Hannaford, Walgreen, CVS) also offer walk-in and scheduled COVID-19 vaccinations. For those who are homebound, Northern Light Health and Maine’s area Agency on Aging can help bring the COVID vaccine to you. Call 888-445-4111 or click here to see if you can get a vaccine delivered to you and administered by a licensed professional. READ MORE
MAY 13, 2021 Governor Mills Updates Moving Maine Forward Plan, Lifts Restrictions
The Mills Administration today updated its public health protocols under the Moving Maine Forward Plan. Effective May 24th, Maine will:
lift all capacity limits and requirements to physically distance in all public outdoor settings.
lift all capacity limits in public indoor venues. Physical distancing requirements are also eliminated, except in settings where people are eating or drinking and therefore would be removing their face covering – such as indoor restaurants, bars, dining areas in camps or in congregate living facilities, and break rooms.
Face coverings must still be worn in public indoor settings. The Maine Department of Health and Human Services and Maine Department of Education will separately update school-based protocols. FULL PRESS RELEASE
MAY 7, 2021
Federal Mask Requirement Extended for Public Transportation
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has extended the face mask requirement for all transportation networks, including public transportation, through September 13, 2021. TSA’s initial face mask requirement went into effect on February 1, 2021 with an expiration date of May 11, 2021.
While this announcement extends the date of enforcement, all other aspects of the requirement remain unchanged, including exemptions and civil penalties.
Learn more about FTA’s guidance to the transit industry on the Federal mask requirement for public transit at the FTA Transit Mask Up webpage.
APRIL 28, 2021 COVID-19 Vaccinations Available at Nasson Health Care April 29, 30.
Have you been vaccinated against COVID-19? If age 18 or older, schedule your appointment today to get vaccinated on April 29th or 30th at Nasson Health Care, located at 15 Oak Street in Springvale. Call 490-6900 to make your appointment.
APRIL 27, 2021
Maine Updates Public Health Guidance on Use of Face Coverings in Outdoor Public Settings Governor Mills encourages Maine people to get vaccinated and to get outside to safely enjoy all that Maine has to offer READ MORE
APRIL 16, 2021 York County Transportation Extends Free Rides Through October 31, 2021 York County Community Action is pleased to offer free rides for essential needs, such as going to work, medical appointments, the pharmacy and grocery shopping, through October 31, 2021. READ MORE
APRIL 14, 2021 Joint CDC and FDA Statement on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine The following statement is attributed to Dr. Anne Schuchat, Principal Deputy Director of the CDC and Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research MEDIA STATEMENT
APRIL 13, 2021
ADVISORY: Maine Advises Pause for Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Governor Janet Mills, Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew and Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Nirav D. Shah issued the following statement today: READ STATEMENT.
APRIL 9, 2021 COVID-19 Mobile Vaccination Unit Schedules Stop at Biddeford High School April 24 – 28 Maine to host New England’s second mobile vaccination unit capable of delivering at least 250 shots per day
The Mills Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today a partnership to launch a groundbreaking mobile vaccination unit that will provide COVID-19 vaccinations to people in rural and under-served communities across Maine. READ FULL PRESS RELEASE
APRIL 7, 2021
All Maine Residents Age 16 and Older Are Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccination Beginning Today
“Maine continues to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible. With the Federal government significantly increasing our supply of vaccines, it is appropriate to accelerate our timeframe and make all Maine people eligible beginning next Wednesday,” said Governor Janet Mills. “While this is a great step forward, Maine people should keep in mind that even though they are eligible it will still take time to get an appointment and get a vaccine. We will continue to work with vaccine providers across Maine to get shots into arms as quickly as we can.” FULL PRESS RELEASE
APRIL 1, 2021 All Maine Residents Age 16 and Older Are Eligible for a COVID-19 Vaccine Beginning April 7th
Governor Janet Mills announced on April 1, 2021, that all Maine residents age 16 and older will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine beginning next Wednesday, April 7, 2021. The acceleration of Maine’s vaccination timeline by a week and a half comes as Maine is expected to receive a significant increase in vaccine supply from the Federal government. Vaccination for residents age 16 and older had previously been scheduled to begin on April 19, 2021. READ PRESS RELEASE
March 22, 2021 Governor Mills Announces Acceleration of Maine’s COVID-19 Vaccination Timeline
Governor Janet Mills announced on March 19th that Maine is accelerating the timeline of its vaccination plan to make more people eligible for COVID-19 vaccines earlier.
Beginning Tuesday, March 23, 2021, Maine residents age 50 and older will be eligible for the vaccination. Beginning Monday, April 19, 2021, all Maine residents age 16 and older will eligible for vaccination. The accelerated timeline comes as some Maine vaccine providers are reporting availability of appointments and as Maine anticipates an increase in vaccine supply from the Federal government. READ FULL PRESS RELEASE
WIC: Please call the WIC program office in Sanford (459-2942) or Biddeford (283-2402) for all WIC services. Apply for WIC HERE.
CHILDREN’S SERVICES: Please call (207) 459-2963 to connect with our Children’s Services program. Apply for Head Start and Early Head Start HERE. You can also contact Children’s Services by email at Brenda.Corbett@yccac.org
HEAT, ENERGY & FUEL / WEATHERIZATION: Please call (207) 459-2950 to connect with YCCAC Energy Services.
ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY: (Outreach Workers) Please call (207) 324-5762, Option 8 to connect with an Outreach Worker.
HOMEBUYER EDUCATION & FORECLOSURE PREVENTION: To connect with our Homebuyer Education program or for Foreclosure Prevention assistance, please call (207) 324-5762, Option 6. To connect by email to our Homebuyer Education Coordinator, send a message to email@example.com.
NASSON HEALTH CARE: Please call (207) 490- 6900 to contact Nasson Health Care for all health services–medical, dental, and behavioral health.
2021 HEAP Fuel Assistance Season Begins August 24th
The YCCAC Energy Services program will soon begin mailing HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program) appointment cards to all eligible York County HEAP recipients from last year. The cards include the last phone number on record as well as a pre-booked appointment for each recipient.
The first to be contacted will be HEAP clients who may be susceptible to hypothermia: aged 60 years or older, households with children age 6 years and under, and clients with a doctor’s diagnosis. But over the next few weeks, all of last year’s HEAP recipients will receive an appointment card. HEAP clients are also welcome to call the Fuel Assistance office—beginning August 24th—to schedule an appointment. The HEAP phone number is (207) 459-2950.
Updated: November 20 YCCAC Outreach Services, Foreclosure Prevention Assistance Available Remotely YCCAC Outreach workers in the Economic Opportunity Department will continue holding appointments remotely (by phone or email) until further notice. At this time, there is no scheduled date for reopening Outreach offices. Revisions to Outreach operations will be announced when available.
Foreclosure prevention and counseling services are available remotely by contacting Marie Hogue at 324-5762 ext.2918.
Updated: November 20 WIC’s Sanford Office to Reopen August 3 for Limited Appointments York County Community Action’s WIC Program will begin seeing clients at its Spruce Street (Sanford) clinic on August 3, 2020. This will be limited in number, as the office reopening will be closely monitored to ensure the safety and wellbeing of clients and staff. Weighing and measuring of infants will be available only in the Sanford office. Dates for reopening the Kittery and Biddeford WIC offices have not been set.
Most WIC appointments will continue to be administered by phone.