COVID-19 antiviral treatments are effective at reducing chances of severe illness. But if you have symptoms, it’s important to act fast and consult with a healthcare provider within five days of the start of those symptoms. The COVID-19 Test-to-Treat Telehealth program can help you do just that, at little to no cost.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and have tested positive or been exposed to a known case of COVID-19, you are eligible for the state’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program. KFAI’s Ryan Dawes spoke with Walter James from the Minnesota Department of Health about the new program.
If eligible, you can consult with a clinician for free and get a prescription for a COVID-19 antiviral treatment at care.cuehealth.com or by using the Cue Health App for smartphones. You can also talk to a clinician over the phone at 1-844-609-2415.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the 2024 U.S. Childhood, Adolescent, and Adult Immunization Schedules. Updates can be found at CDC: Vaccines and Immunizations. As a reminder, the schedules summarize final recommendations that were previously adopted and made official by the CDC director. Therefore, these schedules are effective immediately.
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Up until now, insurance status hasn’t affected how or if someone got a COVID shot. Doses were purchased in bulk by the federal government and made available to everyone, for free. But since the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency ended and the latest booster released, vaccines have been commercialized, costing up to 130 bucks a pop.
“COVID vaccines are very expensive. So for people who have no health insurance to have to pay for the vaccine, many of them wouldn’t do it,” says Cristina Flood Urdangarin, the Community Outreach Manager for St. Mary’s Health Clinics.
KFAI’s Ryan Dawes reports on a new program aim at connecting uninsured adults with a free COVID-19 vaccine.
If you are uninsured, you can find a dose at vaccines.gov (select “Bridge Access Program Participant) or visit kfai.org/clinic.
The Minnesota Department of Health has convened a consortium of local organizations committed to COVID-19 vaccination and pandemic recovery called COVID-19 Community Coordinators (CCC). Together, they offer COVID-19 testing and vaccination clinics throughout the Twin Cities. Check the calendar below to find a clinic in your community. This calendar will show all CCC testing and vaccination events that are coming up within the next 60 days.
Double click on one of the events to see details about it.
Leila Hussain and Mayly Xiong both work at CAPI USA, serving immigrants, refugees, people of color and other neighbors in the Twin Cities metro.
Because many CAPI staff members were either refugees themselves or have family members who experienced the challenges of immigration, the organization has established itself as a trusted hub of information and resources. KFAI’s Ryan Dawes spoke with Hussain and Xiong about their work at CAPI.
Jasmine rice, bamboo shoots, coconut milk and more are offered at the food shelf operated by CAPI USA in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. It’s these culturally specific groceries that add a warmth and familiarity to the comprehensive services offered by CAPI. In this audio portrait, Basic Needs Manager Chue Vang spoke with KFAI’s Ryan Dawes about how CAPI’s food shelf has supported families throughout the pandemic.
Whether you want help choosing a Medicare plan or need a grab bar installed in your grandparents’ home, the Senior LinkAge Line offers a wide scope of support throughout aging. Their staff and volunteers speak six different languages and can be a hands-on, personalized guide for housing, transportation, adult daycare programs, COVID-19 vaccination and more. KFAI’s Ryan Dawes spoke with Jetta Wiedemeier Bower about how Senior LinkAge support seniors and their families.
You can reach the Senior LinkAge Line at trellisconnects.org or by calling 1-800-333-2433 Monday-Friday, 8:00-4:30.