Governor Janet Mills has accelerated the COVID-19 vaccination timeline, in response to an increase in supply.

The governor made the announcement on Thursday, and said it's good news for the effort to get as many vaccines into as many arms as possible. But, she said, residents need to be patient and persistent while trying to get an appointment.

"While this is a great step forward, Maine people should keep in mind that even though they are eligible it will still take time to get an appointment and get a vaccine," Governor Mills said. "We will continue to work with vaccine providers across Maine to get shots into arms as quickly as we can."

Jeanne Lambrew, Commissioner for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services reports nearly 3 out of every 5 people over the age of 50 now have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

"In the coming days and weeks," she said, "we'll continue to work with our valued partners throughout the state to connect eligible Maine people with doses, particularly those who are at high risk or face barriers to vaccination, which will help move Maine closer to recovery."

  • Currently, all Maine residents age 50 and older are eligible to receive their vaccine.
  • Beginning Wednesday, April 7th, all Maine residents age 16 and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Anyone looking for the location of a COVID-19 vaccination clinic can be found on the state of Maine website.

Updated information about Maine's vaccination rollout can be found on the Maine COVID Vaccination Dashboard. 

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While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.

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