By Shelley Farrington Lincoln News • October 6, 2022
KATAHDIN REGION – Millinocket Regional Hospital (MRH) is again working to protect the health of the Katahdin region by offering Covid-19 booster shot clinics to the general public. The Pfizer clinics will be held in the Stearns High School Gym on Oct. 6, 11, 13, 18 and 20 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
There is no appointment necessary and those eligible will be 12 years or older, have not received a booster shot in the last two months and haven’t had Covid in the last two months.
Katie Mackin, director of marketing for MRH, said the hospital is encouraging citizens to get the booster shot as it provides protection against the most common Covid-19 variants Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 which accounts for 90 percent of new Covid cases.
Todd Phillips, RN, MPH, infection preventionist and clinic coordinator said the Omicron variants are more contagious than previous strains and can more easily evade immunity from previous vaccination or infection.
Phillips added that he hopes residents take advantage of these opportunities to continue to protect themselves and their communities. He said booster shots will offer citizens the best chance to minimize the effects of the Omicron variant and keep people out of the hospital.
According to information provided by MRH a fully vaccinated and boosted person has 94 percent protection against serious illness and death. The Pfizer booster can be given to individuals who had the Moderna vaccine and boosters.
For more information contact MRH at 723-5161 or look for updates on the hospital Facebook page at Millinocket Regional Hospital.