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As of February 16, 2021, just over 73,000 people in Maine are fully vaccinated. Most of those are healthcare workers, long-term care facility residents and staff, and public safety members. Considering Maine's population is around 1.3 million, we are just getting started. While we wish we could do more, our efforts statewide are hindered by the limited amount of vaccines we receive weekly from the Federal Government.
Currently, Maine is in what is referred to as Phase 1b of the vaccination plan. This phase is focusing on seniors starting with those aged 70 and above. Information about when vaccinations may be scheduled for those aged 65 to 69 and adults with high-risk medical conditions is not yet available. By June, it is expected all people of all age groups will be able to receive the vaccine. It is important to note that we do not expect to see any vaccination clinic occurring in Orono before May or June, if at all.
The Town of Orono wants to make sure that our seniors have access to the COVID vaccine if they want it. If you are an Orono senior, 70 or older or know someone who is, and want the vaccine but you're having difficulty getting it, let us know. Arline Lamarche from the Fire Department can help you schedule an appointment using the Northern Light Health Portal or assist you in arranging a ride to and from the vaccination site. You can reach Arline at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-866-4000. Arline is in the office Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM until 3:30 PM and would love to help.
If you want to schedule a vaccination on your own, you can visit covid.northernlighthealth.org/publicvaccine or call 207-204-8551.
Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have!