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How to schedule an appointment to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Maine

All people, including non-Maine residents, age 16 and older are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Maine

Chris Costa (NEWS CENTER Maine), Gabrielle Mannino (NEWS CENTER Maine)

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Published: 6:29 PM EST January 19, 2021
Updated: 5:18 PM EDT May 5, 2021

All people, including non-Maine residents, age 16 and older are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. 

As of May 4, roughly 57 percent of those eligible had received a first dose, and about 48 percent of people had received a final dose.

Appointments are required at most locations, although some vaccination sites are starting to allow walk-in vaccinations. Click here for a list of where you can get a walk-in vaccination. Appointment availability is dependent on vaccine supply. These listings are subject to change and will be updated regularly.

Ways to get an appointment

Note: Online appointments are only available for those age 18 older. The Pfizer vaccine is authorized for individuals ages 16 and 17, but consent from a parent or legal guardian is required to vaccinate children. 

Maine DHHS says in the coming days, the list of vaccination sites will indicate which ones are able to vaccinate youth.

For more information on vaccinations for 16 and 17-year-old Maine residents, click here.

Major hospital systems and their sponsored vaccine sites, like MaineHealth, and Northern Light Health.

  • MaineHealth operates a high-volume vaccination clinic in Scarborough and also has vaccination clinics in Belfast, Brunswick, Boothbay, Farmington, Norway, Rockport, Westbrook, and Sanford. Those who have not already pre-registered for an appointment are encouraged to do so by calling the MaineHealth virtual vaccine assistant at 877-780-7545 or by signing up on the website. Once someone has completed the telephone pre-registration process, they will receive periodic automated messages to confirm their status. Even if someone’s phase isn’t yet active, they will be contacted once they are eligible.
  • Northern Light Health has vaccine clinics in Bangor, Blue Hill, Dover-Foxcroft, Ellsworth, Greenville, Newport, Pittsfield, Portland, Presque Isle, South Portland, and Waterville. Visit their website or call 207-204-8551 to make an appointment.

Retail pharmacies: Walgreens, Walmart, Hannaford, Sam’s Club, Shaw’s. Schedule an appointment at these pharmacies:

Federally Qualified Healthcare Centers

Maine EMS drive-thru vaccine sites

  • Click here or go to your town's Facebook page to see if it has the link and choose your location and see if any appointments are available.

FEMA Mobile Vaccination Unit 

Statewide registration phone line/website

Some vaccine clinics across the state are starting to offer walk-in vaccinations. Click here for a running list of walk-in locations available.

If you struggle with transportation, the state offers free rides to vaccine appointments through a DHHS partnership with ModivCare. Call 1-855-608-5172 to schedule a ride.

The Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines require two doses. You must receive a vaccine from the same provider, either Pfizer or Moderna, for both doses. When scheduling your second dose, make an appointment with the same vaccination site where you received your first dose and follow their process for signing up for dose two.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires one dose. 

"As with any change, there will be bumps in the road,” Maine DHHS Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew said on April 6. "There will be people who try to get appointments and will be waiting longer than they would like. I think people should expect some challenges in the coming days as we go from 3rd gear to 5th gear."

Lastly—if you're booking multiple appointments, be courteous. Once you get your shot, cancel your other appointments.

"Do the right thing. Cancel out the other ones. That means so many more folks have a chance to grab it,” Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said on April 6.

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