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Vaccine

On January 13, 2021 Governor Mills announced state-wide plans to begin COVID-19 vaccinations for individuals within the tiering group 1B. 1A is dedicated to protecting vulnerable residents and frontline workers.

Governor Mills has noted that within the 1B tiering there are three priority levels.

  • Individuals who are 70 years of age and older followed by

  • Individuals who are 65 to 69 years of age followed by

  • Individuals who have high risk medical conditions (as outlined and prioritized by the Maine CDC)

Governor Mills has shared her desire to begin vaccinating individuals within the 1B category as early as February 1, noting that all vaccination plans are dependent upon receiving vaccine from the federal government.

At this time, we do not have a timeline or specific details as to when St. Joseph Hospital will receive vaccine from the Maine CDC to support vaccinating patients.

We continue to work with the Maine CDC to secure a vaccine supply to support vaccinating our patients but, at this time, we do not have a timeline or specific details as to when we will receive vaccine.

While we await further information from the Maine CDC, we continue to work on plans to support vaccinating eligible individuals who are members of St. Joseph Hospital primary care practices.

When we are notified by the Maine CDC as to the delivery of our vaccine supply, we will reach out to those eligible patients in a phased manner to provide directions on when and how to be scheduled. We are cautiously optimistic that we will be able to begin vaccinating eligible patients in early February.

In addition, we are collaborating with other healthcare entities to support a community-wide vaccination effort.

Again, at this time we do not have any specific details to share regarding when and how to be scheduled to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.

As we receive further information, we will communicate to St. Joseph patients by updating this information line, through MyChart—the patient portal of the electronic medical record, and through social media and other means.

In the meantime – and for some time after many are vaccinated – all of us need to stay vigilant. Please remember the basics:

  • Wear a mask over your mouth and nose any time you leave your home
  • Practice social distancing and avoid unnecessary travel and visits with family and friends outside your household
  • Practice good hand hygiene

Additional information about COVID-19 vaccine sites in Maine is also available at: https://www.maine.gov/covid19/vaccines/vaccination-sites

COVID-19 FAQ Flyers

The Maine Immigrants' Rights Coalition has provided these frequently asked questions in multiple languages about the vaccines:

 

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