The Cross Insurance Center in Bangor has appointment times available for next week Dr. Nirav Shah, Director of the MaineCDC announced at his briefing this afternoon. If you are 70 years old or older and can get up to the Bangor location for a COVID-19 vaccine, please consider contacting them for an appointment. You may call for an appointment: (207) 204-8551 or make an appointment on-line at: covid.northernlighthealth.org. Additionally, you need not be a patient of NothernLight.
Dr. Shah also said that 3,900 doses of Pfizer vaccine were located at the CVS pharmacy warehouse. This Saturday these doses will be moved to the State of Maine general pool to ensure that every single dose gets used and none goes to waste.
Dr. Shah said that several times that he is aware that older residents may not have access to the internet to make an appointment to receive the vaccine. MaineCDC is working on correcting that situation; in the meantime, he recommended calling 211 for assistance.
He then want on to say that no new cases of the variants of COVID-19 have been identified in Maine. The process of identifying that strain is in conjunction with Jackson Lab, Bar Harbor. The process takes between 5 – 7 days to be completed. Currently, two cases of the B.1.1.7 strain have been reported; one in Franklin County and the more recent case in York County.
“When people call, stay on the line. Don’t be discouraged. We’ll have a representative respond to you as quickly as possible,” said Karen Cashman, Director of Public Relations, for Northern Lighthouse, in response to Dr. Shah’s announcement that appointments at the Cross Insurance Center, Bangor, for the COVID-19 vaccine are available for the near future.