Starting Wednesday, all Mainers 16 years and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. This is all the information you need where and how to arrange the vaccine.
How do I find sites near me?
Maine has an official website that lists 200 vaccine sites across the state. You can search by town or county to see the area closest to you. If you have restricted Internet access or need help for any other reason, please call 1-888-445-4111.
What information do I need to schedule an appointment?
Whether you book a vaccine online or over the phone, the website needs some basic information, such as your date of birth. Many people will also ask for your health insurance information.
Although the vaccine is free, it still costs money to manage it, so providers may charge you insurance premiums for these costs. If you don’t have health insurance, don’t be scared: Service providers should charge the federal government for vaccination. If you have insurance but still receive a bill, please try to contact your insurance company. If the payment is refused, state officials recommend contacting the Maine Department of Insurance.
How should I arrange an appointment to a big hospital?
Portland’s MaineHealth and Augusta’s MaineGeneral Health (two of the state’s three largest hospital systems) have allowed young Mainers to pre-register for the vaccine and enter the waiting list. Both providers will contact eligible individuals in the coming weeks. To register for MaineHeath’s waiting list, click here. For MaineGeneral, click here.
A MaineHealth spokesperson said Thursday that the hospital system is beginning to follow a first-come, first-served basis, starting with qualified people on the waiting list, and those who register first. As of Thursday, there are approximately 45,000 people on the hospital’s waiting list.
Northern Light Health, which operates a cross-insurance center in Bangor, has no waiting list. Eligible individuals can make appointments on their website. View appointments online here or call 207-204-8551.
The Central Maine Medical Center has a mass vaccination site in Auburn, as well as an online registration function and no waiting list. People can register online here or call 207-520-2917. CMMC also asks patients to fill out two forms (found here and here) and take them to the doctor.
How to schedule an appointment at the pharmacy?
There are currently five pharmacy chains in Maine (over 120 locations in total) that provide vaccines: Walmart, Sam’s Club, Walgreens, Hannaford and Shaw Vaccines. Everyone has a slightly different online registration system. Currently, no one accepts appointments from Mainers under 50, but they will start next week.
Walgreens’ online system requires you to create an account, or log in to an existing account (you may have this account if you have previously shopped at Walgreens or filled out prescriptions). You will have to prove that you are a resident of Maine, are eligible for the vaccine, and will be directed to a list of locations in the Walgreens area in your area that have vaccines. Arrange an appointment with Walgreens here.
Walmart and Sam’s Club also require you to log in to an existing account or create a guest account. After that, you must prove that you are eligible before you can schedule an appointment. Start using Sam’s Club here, and start using Wal-Mart here.
Hannaford and Shaw’s do not need an account. Each requires you to prove that you are eligible and enter your postal code, after which you will see potential appointment times. Schedule Shaw and Hannaford’s schedule here (click the “Maine” tab under the instructions).
What are my other options for scheduling appointments?
In addition to major hospital sites and retail pharmacies, there are more than 50 other smaller vaccine sites. Some providers now only provide vaccines to their patients. If you are a patient of one of these medical service providers, they may contact you directly to inform you that you are eligible. Others are open to the public and may require you to call or fill out a form online. Please visit the national website for detailed site-by-site information.
What do I need to bring to make an appointment for me?
You should bring some form of identification and proof that you are a resident of Maine. If you have a Maine driver’s license, you can accomplish both of these goals. If not, you can bring utility bills, pay slips or other official documents with your name and address on them to prove your right of abode. If you have health insurance, you should also bring an insurance card.
What if I need help when making an appointment?
For those with inconvenient transportation, Maine provides a route for vaccination appointments from Monday to Saturday from 7 am to 4 pm. Please call 1-855-608-5172. You must schedule an appointment first and call at least 48 hours in advance to ensure the ride time.
What if I prefer a certain type of vaccine?
Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has repeatedly recommended that Mainers be vaccinated with the vaccine that is most immediately available to them. The three vaccines have been proven to be 100% effective in preventing serious illness and death caused by COVID-19.
In clinical trials, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have shown an effective rate of up to 90% in the prevention of even mild viruses, while the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is effective in 66% of cases, although these trials are different in different countries and regions. Time. Not completely comparable. The convenience of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is that only one injection is required, instead of two additional injections.
If you prefer which vaccine to use, some providers (such as Northern Light Health) will clearly indicate on their website which sites provide which vaccines. In retail pharmacies, most Hannaford (Hannaford) offers Johnson Pills. Walgreens recently provided Pfizer. Wal-Mart mainly has Moderna.
If you did not see the vaccine immediately when you registered, you can also tell you the vaccine you get based on whether and when the provider requires you to get a second vaccine-the interval between Pfizer vaccines is 21 days, and It’s 28 days for Moderna.
Does my teenager need my help to make an appointment?
In Maine, children under the age of 18 need permission from their parents or guardians to get vaccinations, including the COVID-19 vaccine. Currently, only Pfizer vaccines have been approved for 16 and 17 years old. No vaccine is approved for younger children.
Some providers are still preparing consent forms for minors, so teenagers and parents may have to wait longer to get the vaccine. Once these forms are prepared, providers offering Pfizer vaccines will be able to arrange appointments for 16 and 17 years old.