AUGUSTA — The final two days of the COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Augusta Armory are set for this week, after two months in which more than 10,600 shots were administered.

The vaccine clinic is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and noon to 7 p.m. Thursday. No appointment is necessary.

Robert Long, spokesman for the Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention, said the clinic at 179 Western Ave. is ending due to decreasing demand in recent weeks.

The clinic is part of the state CDC’s “Boosterpalooza” and one of the few pop-up sites in Maine where people can walk in without an appointment to receive the first, second, youth or booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The final two days of the COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Augusta Armory are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday. Above, the clinic at 179 Western Ave. is in full swing Dec. 11. Scott Monroe/Kennebec Journal file

The clinic, which opened in December, also began offering PCR testing this month, and is to continue the testing into February, according to officials.

PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests are considered highly accurate and reliable, involving a technique that can amplify small amounts of virus DNA to help diagnose COVID-19 infection.

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An appointment is needed for PCR testing, which is offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday.

When at its peak in December, the clinic at the armory administered about 3,000 shots per day, according to officials. Through last week, the clinic had administered 10,621 vaccinations.

Asked on Monday if similar vaccination clinics are planned, Long said, “The Maine CDC will continue to look for ways to make vaccinations as easy and accessible as possible for all Maine people.”

The last week of the Augusta clinic comes as hospitalizations remain at near-record levels in Maine.

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