The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responsible for managing distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine throughout the state of Maine. York Hospital’s vaccination process is guided by their direction. At this time, the CDC’s current focus for vaccine distribution remains on high risk health care workers. For facts and features about the COVID-19 vaccine process and how it will affect you and your family, click on the graphic at right.

It is our goal to update our patients and our community on the roll-out of the vaccine throughout the state as soon as new details are available so that you will have all the facts regarding the vaccine and can make the most informed decisions about your own health care path. We will post updates as soon as we receive them; please check back often.

Today, we are pleased to provide answers to the following frequently asked questions (FAQs).

(as of 12/29/20)

Q:  If I have just received another vaccine (i.e. the flu vaccine), when can I receive the COVID-19 vaccine?
A:  You should wait TWO weeks in between vaccinations and not receive any other vaccines in between the two doses of the currently approved vaccines.

Q:  If I have a history of anaphylaxis, should I get the vaccine?
A:  No, at this time it is not recommended to get the COVID-19 vaccine if you have a history of anaphylaxis.

  Can I get the vaccine if I have had COVID-19?
A:  Yes, once you have completed your isolation, you can get the vaccine at any time.

Q:  If I am pregnant/lactating, should I get the vaccine?
A:  There is no available data about the current COVID-19 vaccines in pregnancy or lactation. However, the CDC and other associations have recommended vaccination when other indications for vaccination exist, such as being a health care worker. We recommend discussing the risks and benefits with your health care provider.

Q:  If I have received plasma or monoclonal antibody therapies for treatment of COVID-19 can I receive the vaccine?
A:  At this time it is not recommended to receive the COVID-19 vaccine if you have received a plasma product or monoclonal antibody treatment.

In conjunction with the Maine CDC guidelines, we are happy to report that vaccinations are underway for high-risk health care workers at York Hospital. Read the story here.