By Shelley Farrington Lincoln News • February 18, 2021
MILLINOCKET – All the planning and preparation paid off as representatives at Millinocket Regional Hospital conducted the first mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Millinocket at Stearns High School on Feb. 17. Vaccinations were by appointment only.
The confirmation that the hospital was receiving 300 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine this week, jump started the mass vaccination plan and MRH staff began calling citizen’s that pre-registered for appointments.
MRH infection Preventionist Todd Phillips, RN, BSN, MPH said the hospital was very pleased to be able to offer a vaccine clinic of this size and assured the public that planning has been ongoing to ensure the best experience for the patient.
The clinic ran 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Stearns gym and it was by appointment only.
MRH Marketing Coordinator said a database of approximately 2,000 people who meet the 70 years of age or older criteria as set by the Maine CDC was used to set up appointments. She said MRH staff appreciates the patience of community members as they move forward to get as many people vaccinated as possible.
She said “if you’ve registered and didn’t get a call then please be patient as you will be called as soon as there is a vaccine available.”
The clinic was staffed by community volunteers and MRH staff, all of whom have been vaccinated or screened for COVID-19 prior to the start of the clinic.
“This is truly a community effort,” Mackin said. “We are very grateful for the support we’ve received from Stearns High School, the Town of Millinocket and all of our volunteers who’ve come together to make this clinic a success.”
If you have not done so and would like to sign up for a vaccination go to www.mrhme.org/getvax