BANGOR — COVID vaccinations are headed into new territory — walk-up hours.
The Biddeford mobile clinic is a new site that tried it this week and Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said it’s working in getting more people vaccinated.
More locations are working on getting walk-up hours according to Shah and he said he believes this is where vaccination sites may be heading.
“What is happening more is that sites are building in specific blocks of time during the day,” Shah said.
“For example, Franklin Memorial Hospital is walk-up right now. That’s what works for their community. Other sites it may be a few hours, but that is a model that I am encouraging providers and sites to start adopting,” he said.
He said the experience they’ve seen in the past week using this model shows that it meets the needs of Maine people.
According to Shah, Maine is not seeing resistance to the vaccine like other states are but he said he knows doctors and clinics are doing what they can to make people more comfortable, whether that be a one-on-one appointment with their doctor or more access to walk-up clinics.