Beginning on Tuesday, March 2, Northern Light Mercy Hospital in partnership with the city of Portland and state of Maine, will begin offering community vaccinations to those 70 and older at the Portland Expo. The new site will offer appointments on Tuesdays and Thursdays according to a press release issued today by Ed Gilman.
“This has been a collaborative effort with our community and we couldn’t be more appreciative of the great work that has gone into the planning of this vaccination site,” said Melissa Skahan, Northern Light Mercy Hospital vice president and local vaccination site operations lead. “The EXPO offers the benefits of both square footage for the clinic space as well as a great location, with access to public transportation and onsite parking. We are also working with local parties to support education campaigns to raise awareness about this new site.”
As with other Northern Light Health vaccination sites, people will need to register ahead of time to receive a vaccination appointment. Community members over the age of 70 years can currently register online or through the Northern Light Health call center (207 – 204-8551).
While most new appointments are released on Mondays, some may also become available on Wednesdays. People with appointments should show up no more than 10 minutes prior to their scheduled time to reduce the potential for lines outside the facility, especially during these colder winter months.