Good news — if you need a rapid COVID test for travel, work or to attend an event, the FDA has granted Emergency Use Authorization for the Binax Now COVID test kit, see details below. The kit is now sold in retail stores throughout the U.S. NOTE: This is a self-administered nose swab test you perform in the comfort of your home. No lab visits — results are available in 15 minutes.
NOTE: The Alliance on Aging is providing the public with information about this product in order to assist people with options for finding COVID testing. We do NOT endorse, sell, or profit from this product, nor are we associated with the manufacturer in any way.
Our home test kit listing will provide you with the most up-to-date info on the types of tests available, their cost, results timeframe (some in as little as 12-hours!) and instructions on how to purchase online and what to expect.
Besides Amazon, Costco, Safeway, Quest Diagnostics, the list has info on FDA authorized test approved for travel to Hawaii and Bermuda.
The list will be updated as new information becomes available.
NOTE: For seniors considering Home Test kits, this listing will help you understand the options available. The list does not endorse any particular product as a matter of policy. All kits listed are FDA authorized.
Please click here for the home COVID test kit.
Beware of scam robocalls, texts, phony emails and social media sites offering early vaccines. Some crooks on the WhatsApp social media platform have promoted a “vaccine” package for $79.00 for persons interested in avoid long lines. NOTE: The only way to access Pfizer’s or Moderna’s vaccine is through a government-authorized vaccination site.
Vaccine scam prevention tips:
For questions and answers on COVID-19 vaccine visit: https://covid19.ca.gov/vaccines/#Questions-and-answers
Scammers impersonating as contact tracers and are calling potential victims, sending web links and text messages about fictitious COVID-19 cases and asking for social security numbers, financial and other sensitive info NOT required for contact tracing. For more info, click here. Recent scams:
(Spanish Only): if you missed our Feb 2 (2:00-3:30 pm) Zoom workshop on the effectiveness of Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccines, here is your opportunity to view the recording. It is available Click here . For the PowerPoint presentation in Spanish, Click here.
Did you know that calls to the Suicide Prevention Hotline have skyrocketed during the pandemic? Sad, but true. The Monterey Herald recently profiled the MENTAL HEALTH crisis affecting teens, adults and seniors in our county during COVID.
The Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office has recently set up a 24 hour confidential hotline for farm workers and their families to report safety issues relating to COVID-19 and wildfire smoke challenge for the “essential” labor force.
The hotline is the first of its kind in California and is spearheaded by Supervisor Luis Alejo.
COVID Hotlines (Scheduling Appointments by phone):
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that Medicare will cover coronavirus testing. All COVID-19 tests ordered by your doctor or health care provider will be covered under Medicare Part B as a diagnostic laboratory test and there will be no out-of-pocket costs. Coverage can be back dated to February 4, 2020.
The California Rural Legal Assistance is offering a new free and confidential hotline that is providing legal consultation on: 1) COVID-19 and a worker’s rights at work; 2) how to get paid and unpaid time off if affected by COVID-19; and 3) unemployment benefits and other wage replacement options. Hotline phone number is 1-800-357-9513.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) issued a warning for older adults and people with serious chronic medical conditions (such as heart disease, diabetes and lung disease) who are at a higher risk of getting very sick from Coronavirus COVID-19. The virus is spreading easily and is sustainable in the community. For additional information about COVID-19 and how to protect yourself, here are some useful information:
June 6, 2022:
Your digital vaccination card will show the following information (same as the paper version): name, date of birth, date of vaccinations, and vaccine manufacturer, and a QR code readable by a QR scanner.
The digital card serves as a convenient backup to the paper card. Just use your phone to access your digital card or place the QR code at the QR scanner.
NOTE: If you received your vaccinations from a federal agency (e.g., Department of Defense, Indian Health Services, or Veterans Affairs), you will need to reach out to those agencies for assistance with your vaccination record.
To access the service:
To encourage people to get vaccinated, CVS and LUCKY are offering COVID vaccines on a walk-in basis. No appointment needed. To guarantee that you will get your vaccine when you visit, go to their online websites to check availability. CVS and LUCKY will also take appointments via phone. Please call your local pharmacy since individual store policies may differ.
The State of CA has launched a new COVID hotline (phone call-in) to assist persons with scheduling COVID appointments. For persons who do not have access to computers or unable to use or navigate online appointment registration, this is a game changer. A “live” person will assist caller with registering for vaccine appointments using the State’s MyTurn (https://myturn.ca.gov/) COVID registration site.
MyTurn is the one-stop shop for vaccine eligibility and appointments in your local area.
California’s ONLINE COVID registration site called MyTurn (https://myturn.ca.gov/) is now available in 12 languages.
MyTurn is the one-stop shop for vaccine eligibility and appointments in your local area. Once you register at MyTurn, the site will automatically notify you of your eligibility and can schedule your vaccine appointments.
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE NEED FOR A BOOSTER?
A Pfizer or Moderna booster dose is recommended if you: