AUGUSTA, Maine — Mainers over the age of 70 can now make appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations at more than two dozen sites statewide, though availability will be limited based on supply of the vaccine.
An announcement of initial vaccine sites from the governor’s office on Monday follows news that Maine would be entering Phase 1B of its vaccine rollout, which first extends vaccinations to those age 70 and up. Individuals between the ages of 65 and 69, those with certain preexisting health conditions and some essential workers will be eligible later in the phase.
Most of the initial vaccine sites are hospitals, though providers have also rolled out a handful of sites at community centers in rural parts of the state. Additional sites will be announced in the coming weeks.
A partial list of sites is available on the state’s website, although some providers may be offering vaccinations at other locations. Residents age 70 or older may be able to make an appointment for a vaccination or get on a waiting list online or by phone or text depending on the location. Most independent health providers are not able to provide vaccinations at this time.
Maine is hoping to complete Phase 1B by April, but federal supply problems continue to be a major problem facing states. News emerged last week that a reserve of vaccines that the administration of President Donald Trump vowed to release did not exist, leading Maine CDC Director Nirav Shah to say it may slow the state’s vaccine ramp-up.