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Walk-in option for COVID-19 vaccination added at six MaineHealth clinics, including Sanford and Scarborough

April 28, 2021

Contact: John Porter
jporter1@mainehealth.org

Portland, Maine – Six additional MaineHealth COVID-19 vaccination clinics today announced the availability of a walk-in option for Mainers over the age of 18.

Vaccination sites in Belfast, Boothbay Harbor, Norway, Rockland, Sanford and Scarborough have added a walk-in option. They join the clinic in Farmington, which piloted walk-in vaccinations last week and added a schedule for them starting this week.

“Our goal is to make getting the vaccine as easy as possible,” said Joan Boomsma, chief medical officer for MaineHealth, who noted that the supply of available vaccine has more closely matched demand in recent days. “These walk-in options are one more way for us to encourage all adults to get vaccinated and help bring an end to this pandemic.”

In addition to a walk-in option at seven vaccination sites, all MaineHealth clinics in Maine are now offering “on-demand” scheduling online, meaning once someone registers online they can proceed directly to a scheduling option and choose a convenient time to get vaccinated. Appointments can be made at vaccine.mainehealth.org. Mainers can also call 1-877-780-7545 to register and will subsequently be notified when an appointment is available. Appointments at the vaccine clinic at Memorial Hospital in North Conway, N.H., can be made through the State of New Hampshire’s central registration site, www.vaccines.nh.gov.

At this time, all adults over the age of 18 are eligible for any version of the COVID-19 vaccine and can use any of MaineHealth’s clinics. Minors, ages 16-17, are able to get only the vaccine manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech and require permission from a parent or guardian. Because of these restrictions, MaineHealth is not offering vaccinations to children under 18 at all locations. Three locations, Scarborough, Westbrook and Brunswick, have current appointments for 16-17 year olds, and other locations may offer specific times for 16-17 year olds when Pfizer vaccine is available in coming days.

To date, MaineHealth has administered nearly 300,000 doses of vaccine against COVID-19 at 10 clinics, including locations in Belfast, Boothbay Harbor, Brunswick, Farmington, Norway, Rockland, Sanford, Scarborough, Westbrook, and North Conway, N.H. MaineHealth Care at Home is also administering vaccinations to its home health care patients across its service area.

Those arriving at walk-in locations should be at least 18 years of age and must provide proof of Maine residency. Those seeking a vaccination should bring a photo ID and, though there are no out-of-pocket costs for getting the vaccine, people should bring their insurance information. Health insurance is not required, however, to receive a free vaccination. Across MaineHealth, walk-in options for vaccinations will be, or are, available at the following locations and times:

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About MaineHealth
MaineHealth is a not-for-profit integrated health system consisting of nine local hospital systems, a comprehensive behavioral healthcare network, diagnostic services, home health agencies, and more than 1,700 employed and independent physicians working together through an Accountable Care Organization. With close to 23,000 employees, MaineHealth is the largest health system in northern New England and provides preventive care, diagnosis and treatment to 1.1 million residents in Maine and New Hampshire. It includes Franklin Memorial Hospital/Franklin Community Health Network in Farmington, LincolnHealth in Damariscotta and Boothbay Harbor, Maine Behavioral Healthcare in South Portland, MaineHealth Care at Home in Saco, Maine Medical Center in Portland, Memorial Hospital in North Conway, N.H., Mid Coast-Parkview Health in Brunswick, NorDx in Scarborough, Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County Hospital in Rockport and Belfast, Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford and Sanford, Spring Harbor Hospital in Westbrook and Stephens Memorial Hospital/Western Maine Health Care in Norway. MaineHealth Affiliates include Maine General Health in Augusta and Waterville, New England Rehabilitation Hospital in Portland and St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. It is also a significant stakeholder in the MaineHealth Accountable Care Organization in Portland.

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