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Vaccine Demand Far Outpaces Supply For Mainers 70 And Older

Frank Augstein
Associated Press
In this Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020 file photo a nurse administers the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Guy's Hospital in London as U.K. health authorities rolled out the first doses of a widely tested and independently reviewed COVID-19 vaccine.

MaineHealth has opened a clinic in Westbrook this week to vaccinate people 70 and older against COVID-19. More than 1,800 people are expected to receive a dose this week.

MaineHealth’s Chief Health Improvement Officer, Dr. Dora Mills, says demand for the vaccine continues to far exceed the supply.

“For every one who comes in, there are hundreds and hundreds more waiting at home to get that call for the vaccine,” she says.

Mills says many of the calls are from the same people.

"People are re-registering, and people don't need to re-register with us. Once you register, you get the confirmation at the end of the call," she says.

MaineHealth is scheduling appointments online and by phone at 1-877-780-7545. Northern Light Health is also booking online, and has a telephone hotline at (207) 204-8551 to schedule appointments, which become available every Monday afternoon.