COVID-19 Information and Resources

The Arc of Indiana has developed this resource page to help provide the most recent factual information regarding COVID-19. Please be sure check this page often as we are committed to updating information and adding new content. 

Vaccination Information 

September 14 Update – The Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) has added locations that are offering the new bivalent COVID-19 booster vaccines, which protect against the two most common strains of the virus, to its map at ourshot.in.gov.

Online scheduling of appointments is not yet available, but appointments can be made by contacting a pharmacy or healthcare provider, or by calling 211 (866-211-9966) for assistance. Additional locations will be added as vaccine shipments continue to arrive in the state. Online scheduling is expected to be available later this month at ourshot.in.gov

The new boosters include protection against the Omicron variant that is the dominant strain circulating and replace previous boosters, which covered only the original COVID-19 strain.

The Pfizer bivalent booster is authorized for individuals ages 12 and older. The Moderna bivalent booster is available to individuals ages 18 and older. Individuals are eligible to receive an updated booster so long as it has been at least two months since they received their last booster dose or completed their primary vaccine series.

IDOH encourages individuals who are eligible to get the new COVID-19 booster when they schedule their annual flu shot.

Booster doses have been shown to increase protection from hospitalization and death due to COVID-19.


The CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccines for everyone 6 months and older and boosters for everyone 5 years and older, if eligible. COVID-19 vaccine boosters can further enhance or restore protection that might have decreased over time after your primary series vaccination.

Use CDC’s COVID-19 booster tool to learn if and when you, your child or teen can get boosters to stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines.

People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised have specific COVID-19 vaccine recommendations, which include an additional third dose to complete their primary series, as well as a booster shot for those eligible.

COVID-19 Vaccination Guidelines for Specific Groups of People

COVID-19 Vaccination Information for Children & Teens

Search vaccines.gov, text your zip code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233
to find COVID-19 vaccine locations near you.


Updated COVID-19 Guidelines, August 11, 2022

The CDC issued new COVID-19 guidance on August 11, 2022. The CDC states, “This guidance acknowledges that the pandemic is not over, but also helps us move to a point where COVID-19 no longer severely disrupts our daily lives.” In support of this update CDC is:

  • Continuing to promote the importance of being up to date with vaccination to protect people against serious illness, hospitalization, and death.
  • Updating its guidance for people who are not up to date on COVID-19 vaccines on what to do if exposed to someone with COVID-19 to be consistent with the existing guidance for people who are up to date on COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Recommending that instead of quarantining if you were exposed to COVID-19, you wear a high-quality mask for 10 days and get tested on day 5.
  • Reiterating that regardless of vaccination status, you should isolate from others when you have COVID-19.
    • You should also isolate if you are sick and suspect that you have COVID-19 but do not yet have test results.
      • If your results are positive, follow CDC’s full isolation recommendations.
      • If your results are negative, you can end your isolation.
  • Recommending that if you test positive for COVID-19, you stay home for at least 5 days and isolate from others in your home. Wear a high-quality mask when you must be around others at home and in public.
    • If after 5 days you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication, and your symptoms are improving, or you never had symptoms, you may end isolation after day 5.
    • Regardless of when you end isolation, avoid being around people who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19 until at least day 11.
    • You should wear a high-quality mask through day 10.
  • Recommending that if you had moderate illness (if you experienced shortness of breath or had difficulty breathing) or severe illness (you were hospitalized) due to COVID-19 or you have a weakened immune system, you need to isolate through day 10.
  • Recommending that if you had  severe illness or have a weakened immune system, consult your doctor before ending isolation. Ending isolation without a viral test may not be an option for you. If you are unsure if your symptoms are moderate or severe or if you have a weakened immune system, talk to a healthcare provider for further guidance.
  • Clarifying that after you have ended isolation, if your COVID-19 symptoms worsen, restart your isolation at day 0. Talk to a healthcare provider if you have questions about your symptoms or when to end isolation.
  • Recommending screening testing of asymptomatic people without known exposures will no longer be recommended in most community settings.
  • Emphasizing that physical distance is just one component of how to protect yourself and others. It is important to consider the risk in a particular setting, including local COVID-19 Community Levels and the important role of ventilation, when assessing the need to maintain physical distance.

This updated guidance is intended to apply to community settings. In the coming weeks CDC will work to align stand-alone guidance documents, such as those for healthcare settings, congregate settings at higher risk of transmission, and travel.


Public Health Emergency Extended Through October
On July 15, the Department of Health & Human Services announced a 90-day extension of the nationwide COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE). This extends the PHE to mid-October and could be extended again. Read: Preparing for Medicaid Changes When the Public Health Emergency Ends 


COVID-19 Testing 

Order Free at Home COVID-19 Tests

Find a Testing Location Near You

April, 2022 – Americans with Medicare Part B, including those enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan, have access to over-the-counter COVID-19 tests at no cost. People with Medicare can get up to eight tests per calendar month from participating pharmacies and health care providers for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency. Get additional information at 1-800-MEDICARE and Medicare.gov/medicare-coronavirus.


COVID-19 Information Websites 

COVID.Gov Website 
April, 2022 – A new website, covid.gov, helps people access vaccines, tests, treatments, and high-quality masks. COVID.gov is available in English, Spanish, and Simplified Chinese and is accessible for those using assistive technologies. For individuals with disabilities who may need additional support, the Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) is also available to help at 888-677-1199 or via email at DIAL@usaginganddisability.org.

Indiana State Department of Health Call Center
317-233-7125 (M-F, 8:15 a.m. – 4:45p.m.)
317-233-1325 (after hours)
877-826-0011 includes options for healthcare providers as well as the public.

Hoosiers with general questions are encouraged to visit in.gov/coronavirus for information. Call center staff will not offer medical advice or provide test results.


April 19, 2022 – Fact Sheet: Preparing for Medicaid Changes when the Public Health Emergency Ends  

April 7, 2022 – Social Security offices have restored in-person services, including for people without an appointment. Social Security strongly encourages use of online services, phone appointments, or scheduling in-person appointments in advance. Visit ssa.gov for complete information.

March, 2022 – Updated List: People at Highest Risk from COVID-19. CDC has added disabilities, primary immunodeficiencies, and physical inactivity to its list of conditions that have been conclusively shown to put people at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. CDC notes that people with disabilities are more likely to have chronic health conditions, live in congregate settings, and face more barriers to health care, all of which increase risk. Age remains the strongest risk factor for severe illness, and living in congregate settings also significantly increases risk. For people with underlying medical conditions, risk increases as the number of conditions increase

SAI Video – Let’s Talk About the COVID-19 Vaccine
Self-Advocates of Indiana (SAI) has produced an informational video, Let’s Talk About the COVID-19 Vaccine
The video shares an important message on what the vaccine is, why it is important, how to talk with your physician about if the vaccine is right for you, and how to get information from trusted sources about the vaccine. Two resources include the Indiana State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We encourage you to watch and share the video, particularly with people with IDD, as self-advocates share with other self-advocates.

COVID-19 Plain Language Resource
This 8-page booklet about the coronavirus, written in plain language., was created by and for people with developmental disabilities. Plain Language Booklet on COVID-19 

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