COVID-19 Vaccination in Maine
Maine is committed to an accessible, flexible, and equitable vaccination effort.
Our vaccination strategy has two immediate goals:
- Save the lives of Maine people at greatest risk of serious illness or death from COVID-19.
- Ensure vaccine providers can efficiently and quickly vaccinate as many people as possible.
When can I get vaccinated?
To maximize our limited vaccine supply and ensure every dose is used to protect the health of Maine people, Maine is using an age-based approach for vaccination eligibility. While vaccination is planned to proceed consecutively through the age groups outlined below, flexibility is possible based on vaccination progress and vaccine supply.
This age-based approach reflects recent data indicating age is among the strongest predictors of whether a person may become seriously ill and die from COVID-19, offers greater certainty and predictability for Maine people to know when they are eligible for vaccination, and is easier for vaccine providers to implement and verify.
Vaccination Eligibility by Age
People Age 60 and Older Now Eligible
Only Maine residents are eligible to receive a vaccine in Maine at this time. Exact dates for age-eligibility will be announced.
March 3: Age 60 and older
April: Age 50 and older
May: Age 40 and older
June: Age 30 and older
July: All ages, including children pending authorization of a child vaccine
How to get a vaccination
COVID-19 Response Workers
Health care, public safety, and critical COVID-19 infrastructure personnel should contact their employer or their professional associations to learn how to get a vaccine.
Teachers, School Staff and
Child Care Workers
Vaccination sites will soon start offering appointments to Maine PreK-12 teachers and school staff, and workers at licensed child care facilities. Federal policy directs Hannaford, Walgreens, and Walmart pharmacies to prioritize these workers. It may take time for appointments to become available. Age-eligible individuals may still also make a vaccine appointment at one of Maine's vaccination sites.
Age-eligible Maine residents are encouraged to make an appointment at a local vaccination site as soon as possible. Maine residents age 60 and over are now eligible for vaccination. Find a vaccination site now.
Although the vaccine is here, COVID-19 remains a serious public health crisis. While the vaccination is underway, Maine people should continue to wear masks (PDF), practice physical distancing, wash hands often, and avoid gatherings.
Maine CDC is working to increase the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine in Maine. These resources are available to assist and inform you about Maine’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts, and will be updated regularly.