Governor Janet Mills has announced a partnership with FEMA that will provide COVID vaccines for people in rural areas.

For some Mainers, especially elderly residents of rural communities, getting to a location where they can get a COVID-19 vaccination could prove very challenging. And if they receive a Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, that would mean making the trip to a health facility or mass vaccination clinic twice. That's a lot of traveling for people who may no longer drive, or who would find the journey too taxing.

So the Mills' Administration has announced a mobile vaccination unit that will bring the shots to them. Over the next two months, the vaccination clinic will travel to 10 communities, including Oxford, Fryeburg, Calais, Madawaska, and others:

  • April 12-April 16 - Oxford - Oxford Casino
  • April 18-April 22 - Windham - Windham Mall
  • April 24-April 28  Biddeford - Biddeford High School
  • April 30-May 3  Fryeburg - Fryeburg Fairgrounds
  • May 5-May 7  Turner - Boofy Quimby Memorial Center
  • May 9-May 12 -Waterville - Marden's Surplus and Salvage
  • May 14-May 17  Old Town - Old Town Police & Fire Departments
  • May 19-May 22  Milbridge - Milbridge Marina
  • May 24 - May 27  Calais - Thomas Dicenzo Athletic Complex
  • May 29-June 2  Madawaska - Madawaska Multi Purpose Center
  • June 9 - June 12  Auburn - Downtown Auburn Transportation Center

The goal is for the unit to deliver 250 vaccines at each visit. And these are the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccines, so there's no need for a follow-up shot.

"The clinic will complement our existing vaccination efforts well and allow people in rural communities to more easily get the vaccine, protecting their health and that of their loved ones and helping us to win the fight against COVID-19," said Governor Janet Mills, in a media release. "I am grateful to the Biden Administration for its commitment to partnering with states to get people vaccinated and to FEMA for their outstanding work to deliver on that promise."

Anyone wishing to make an appointment for a vaccination through the mobile unit, can call 1-888-455-4111. The unit made its first stop on Monday in the parking lot of the Oxford Casino.

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