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

Starting March 3rd, those age 60 and older can sign up for a vaccine.

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

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Thousands of people are calling hospitals across the state to get a COVID-19 vaccine after the Maine CDC released a list of vaccination sites Monday.

The locations in this story—organized by county—are now accepting or preparing to accept appointments for Maine residents age 60 and over.

Appointment availability is dependent on vaccine supply. These listings are subject to change and will be updated regularly.

On Friday, February 26, Gov. Janet Mills announced Maine's switch to an age-based COVID-19 vaccine strategy. The Mills administration said in a release that this approach maintains Mills’ strategy to distribute and administer vaccines in order to protect the most vulnerable—those most at risk of dying from COVID-19.

The planned schedule, which Mills said is subject to change depending on fluctuations in vaccine supply including an acceleration if supply increases, is as follows: 

  • March 3: Eligibility expands to residents age 60 and older 
  • April: Eligibility expands to age 50 and older 
  • May: Eligibility expands to age 40 and older 
  • June: Eligibility expands to age 30 and older 
  • July and beyond:  Ages 29 and under, including children pending authorization of a vaccine for them

Hospital systems including MaineHealth and Northern Light Health announced their vaccine appointments are open to the eligible general public, and those seeking the vaccine do not need to be patients in either hospital system.

In response to the updated plan, MaineHealth is updating its registration system. 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. 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.

Mainers can also now call the virtual vaccine assistant at 877-780-7545 to: 

  • Verify their information is in the system
  • Cancel or change an existing appointment
  • Remove one’s self from the pre-registration list and automated message system

The Maine CDC notes:

  • Because Maine’s supply of vaccine is limited, appointments may not be immediately available and will be scheduled on a rolling basis.
  • There is no charge for the COVID-19 vaccine, but you should be prepared to provide any insurance information and proof of eligibility at the vaccination site.

Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew announced Tuesday, Feb. 9, that 24 Walmart and Sam's Club pharmacies in Maine will begin administering the vaccine through the U.S. Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.

Lambrew said more than 1,000 Walmart stores in 22 states are receiving federal vaccine allocations this week, separate from and on top of the allotment states receive each week, with an emphasis on underserved communities.

"This partnership coupled with an increasing supply of vaccines from the federal government will help us save the lives of Maine people most at risk of suffering and dying from COVID-19 and get our state back to normal," Lambrew added.

According to Lambrew, eligible Maine residents can schedule a vaccine appointment via Walmart and Sam's Club's websites. Lambrew said the sites will be open beginning Friday, Feb. 12.

To schedule an appointment, visit www.walmart.com/COVIDvaccine and www.samsclub.com/covid.

To make an appointment at a Hannaford location, visit: www.hannaford.com/pharmacy/covid-19-vaccine

The COVID-19 vaccine requires 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.