From reporting in the Portland Press Herald, the largest medical networks in Maine are setting up standalone vaccination clinics to meet the anticipated demands that this year will bring. Among those teaming up to help inoculate the wider public are Mid Coast-Parkview Health, MaineHealth, InterMed, Martin’s Point Health Care, Central Maine Healthcare, MaineGeneral Health and Brewer-based Northern Light Health.

The efforts being undertaken in Maine mirror those taking place in states such as California and Texas. According to the initial reporting, “Maine officials hope to avoid the long lines, registration snafus and staffing problems that have plagued” these efforts in other regions of the country. Here are some more details you can find in the piece:

“Clinics are being planned in Maine because health officials here recognize that most medical facilities don’t have the extra space, staffing and other resources necessary to administer COVID-19 vaccines on a large scale under pandemic protocols.

[…] Maine is still in Phase 1A of its vaccination program, prioritizing health care workers, long-term care residents and employees, public safety personnel and COVID-19 response workers, largely through hospitals.

Phase 1B, expected to start in February, would include people 70 and older, people with high-risk medical conditions and certain front-line essential workers. Other groups would follow as determined by the Maine CDC, with a goal of vaccinating 1.3 million Mainers by midsummer.”

You can read more here on the ongoing efforts to make the Maine vaccination program as seamless as possible.