AUGUSTA, Maine – Maine has a new pre-registration website Tuesday where residents of all ages can register to be contacted when they are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine.
But the state’s top health official has warned that not all healthcare providers will use the new website. The state is still working to incorporate providers and will provide additional information in the coming days. Some providers, including MaineHealth, the state’s largest hospital system with locations primarily in southern Maine, have their own pre-enrollment forms, while others currently do not accept pre-enrollment.
People over the age of 50 became eligible for the vaccine on Tuesday. About two-thirds of people 60 and older have received vaccinations so far, said Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Teachers and child care providers are also currently eligible, while all other Mainers of any age will be eligible on April 19. Eligible Mainers experiencing problems with the Maine online system can also call 1-888-445-4111 for assistance.
The new website asks Maine residents to provide information about their age and county of residence and asks if they are homebound or would otherwise need special assistance for a vaccine. When individuals are eligible, they will receive a “personal access code” via email or text message, depending on the site, which can be used to schedule an appointment for the vaccination.
Shah said the website would not list all vaccine providers in Maine, but would “fill a gap” for sites that chose to participate. He said the state would provide additional information, including on the locations of vaccines using the platform, in the coming days.
“There will be more opportunities to get vaccinated because there may be more types of clinics opening, so pre-registration really focuses on just those sites,” Shah said.
As of Tuesday, more than 590,000 doses of vaccines had been administered in Maine, and 222,000 Main residents, about 16.5 percent of the state’s population, had received a full course of vaccination.