BAR HARBOR – The Maine Seacoast Mission has teamed up with the Maine CDC to get as many people vaccinated as possible.
The Sunbeam, a 74-foot boat, left the harbor Friday morning to vaccinate people on the islands.
According to the Maine Seacoast Mission Director, Sharon Daley, they plan on vaccinating approximately 170 people.
“We’re headed out to do four of the islands, three of them today, one of them tomorrow,” Daley said.
Daley said in addition to the elderly, they will be vaccinating anyone 18 and over.
She said this is possible after presenting their case to the Maine CDC.
“For us to go to the smaller islands and (vaccinate) the 70 and above, you know, there is maybe only 3 people,” said Daley. “They expanded that age group so we can go and vaccinate everybody.”
According to the boats Chaplin, Douglas Cornman, they will be leaving the marina in Northeast Harbor, going to the Great Cranberry Island, then Islesford, from there to Frenchboro. Once they finish there, they will go to Isle Au Haut, where they will spend the night and finish up with a clinic Saturday morning.
The President of the Maine Seacoast Mission, John Zavondy, said prior to the coronavirus pandemic, their team also provides routine medical care for islanders.
Not since the Spanish flu hit, over a hundred years ago, they have been called to emergency duty in this fashion.
“The Maine Seacoast Mission has been here for Maine’s most isolated communities for the 1918 pandemic,” said Zavondy, “And now, this one.”
“These people live in some of the most isolated conditions in North America.” Zavondy said. “So we’ve been here for a hundred and 15 years, and we will be here for a hundred and 15 more.”