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Vet2Vet Maine and Coronavirus

The Vet2Vet Maine office is closed for the foreseeable future, but you can still reach us by phone or email. To contact program director Judie O’Malley, please call 207-579-4024 or email director@vet2vetmaine.org. To contact volunteer coordinator Melissa Laverdiere, please call 207-579-4017 or email volunteer@vet2vetmaine.org.

Because Vet2Vet Maine serves a vulnerable population, we want to make sure all Vet2Vet Maine participants are as safe as possible during the Coronavirus pandemic.

V2VME COVID Guidelines

With the current outbreak of COVID variants, we are recommending renewed vigilance. The V2VME board urges that all V2VME participants continue to take CDC-recommended precautions, such as vaccination, mask-wearing, and social distancing, to protect vulnerable veteran friends from the general public and to avoid public settings such as restaurants, shopping centers, stores, and large public events when in the company of veteran friends.

Following CDC’s guidelines for COVID-19, Vet to Vet Maine will resume in-person, in-home visits between volunteers and their veterans only if:

  • the volunteer has received the full complement of vaccine shots, including booster, and it has been two weeks since the last shot
  • everyone in the veteran friend’s home at the time of the visit, including the veteran, has received the full complement of vaccine shots, including boosters, and it has been two weeks since the last shot.
  • Both the volunteer and the veteran friend are comfortable with the arrangement. Mask wearing and social distancing may be appropriate to add extra protection for both parties.

Car rides can also be resumed, providing everyone in the car has received the full complement of vaccine shots, including boosters, and it has been two weeks since the last shot.

For unvaccinated: The Vet to Vet ME board is requiring that all volunteers who have not received the full complement of shots and boosters refrain from all in-person contact with veteran friends, other volunteers, and staff. Vet to Vet ME encourages unvaccinated volunteers to remain in touch with their veteran friends through phone calls, emails, and other noncontact means.

Here are guidelines for those volunteers who visit veterans in a facility:

You may follow the regulations required by the facility, which will vary depending on the facility.

V2VME will continue to adhere to CDC guidelines and will adapt as necessary to new procedures recommended by the CDC.