AUGUSTA — A walk-in community vaccination clinic will open Tuesday at the Augusta Armory to offer vaccinations and boosters through at least the end of the month, following reports of people having trouble scheduling appointments.

No appointments are needed and vaccines will be provided on a drop-in basis at the Augusta Armory, which is located at 179 Western Ave.

The new clinic comes following a continuing surge in cases across the state, as the number COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Maine also rose to an all-time high. The ongoing surge has been fueled by the more contagious delta variant of the disease, health officials say.

In an email on Monday, Robert Long, communications director for the Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention, said the clinic will offer free first, second, booster and pediatric doses of the Pfizer vaccine, as well as primary and booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

Those seeking booster shots are asked to bring their vaccination cards with them. Those seeking vaccinations are asked to enter from the Airport Road access route.

The clinic will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, and from noon to 7 p.m. on Thursday. For more information on hours for next week and the following weeks, visit the Maine CDC’s webpage or call 888-445-4111. The site lists information on vaccine sites across the state by county, including which sites require appointments and upcoming single-day clinics.

Tuesday’s opening will be considered a soft launch, and the official opening is slated for Wednesday, officials said.

The clinic is a joint effort of the Maine CDC, the Maine Emergency Management Agency and the Maine National Guard, with help from the city of Augusta, the Kennebec County Emergency Management Agency and other state agencies.

 


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