Since the start of the pandemic, Maine has recorded 63,175 cases of COVID-19 and 793 deaths. The state continues to immunize its population faster than most and has the highest percentage of its population fully immunized. However, demand is weakening and the pace of vaccinations is slowing.
In an effort to make the shot easier, many clinics offer injections to walk-in people and extend the hours into evenings and weekends.
For example, at the Northern Light Mercy Hospital in Portland, the Northern Light Pharmacy on the hospital’s Fore River campus will begin offering walk-in vaccinations from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, effective today. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Starting next week, the Northern Light Health clinic at Portland Expo will switch to offering walk-in vaccines only on Wednesdays and Fridays.
At MaineHealth’s Scarborough Downs Mass Vaccination Clinic, Pfizer vaccine will be available for walk-in visits on Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. From Monday to May 13, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be available on foot, and at the same time and on weekdays the following week.
For a list of immunization clinics and contact information for those sites in the state, go to maine.gov/covid19/vaccines/vaccination-sites or call the state’s community immunization line at 888-445- 4111.
As of Thursday, 647,749 people had received at least their first dose of the vaccine, or 48.2 percent of the state’s 1.3 million people. In addition, 556,301, or 41.2% of the population, had received their final dose.
The University of New England on Wednesday joined a growing row of colleges and universities that will require COVID-19 vaccination for in-person learning for the fall semester. Brunswick’s Bowdoin College also announced a vaccination requirement in April.
“We are learning more every day about the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines in protecting us from serious illness, hospitalization and death from the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, as well as the ability of vaccines to prevent transmission of the virus. to others, ”SEN President James Herbert said in a statement. “As vaccines become more and more available, we can all imagine how this incredible scientific advance will allow us to return to normal SEN activities on our campuses that we all miss.”
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