York Hospital to offer weekly COVID vaccination clinics

Details about each weekly vaccination clinic will be posted on the hospital’s website on Tuesdays at noon.

KITTERY, Maine — After state officials loosened the eligibility criteria for COVID-19 vaccination last week, York Hospital held its first vaccination clinic Saturday that included members of the public who are 70 or older.

York Hospital spokesperson Jean Kolak said the clinic went well, with nearly 300 people receiving vaccines. That included 135 health care providers and first responders under Phase 1a and 161 residents age 70 or older under Phase 1b, she said.

People are clearly eager to receive the vaccine, and as more supply becomes available, the hospital looks forward to meeting the need, Kolak said.

Moving forward, York Hospital plans to hold weekly vaccination clinics, subject to vaccine availability.

The hospital plans to announce each Tuesday at noon when the next vaccination clinic will be held. The announcement will be made at yorkhospital.com/vaccines.

More: Mainers 70 and older can schedule COVID vaccinations

There is no waiting list for the York Hospital vaccination clinics; rather, appointments will be scheduled on a first-come first-serve basis. Those who qualify, based on the state’s phased rollout, can claim a spot using the hospital’s online registration system at yorkhospital.com/vaccines or, if they are unable to use the online tool, by calling 207-752-8685.

The online registration system functions better in the Google Chrome browser than it does in Internet Explorer, according to the hospital.

Supplies of the COVID vaccines are still limited across the state and the nation.

York Hospital’s vaccination clinic in Kittery was among 39 vaccination sites listed on the state’s COVID-19 information website, as of Monday. The list includes one other site in York County: MaineHealth’s vaccination clinic in Sanford, which can be reached by calling 877-780-7545 or texting the heallth system at 877-780-7545.

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