We are pleased to report that more than 900 people, including health care workers and older adults age 70 and above, received COVID-19 vaccinations last week at the hospital’s new long-term vaccine clinic in the parish hall at St. Christopher’s Church in York.
In addition, 10 times that number of people (over 9,000) have successfully signed up for the hospital’s vaccine waiting list since registration opened February 5. While the hospital will have the capacity to vaccinate 500 people per day at the St. Christopher’s clinic, vaccine doses received last week were only enough for 200 to 300 vaccinations per day. Currently, people receiving vaccines at St. Christopher’s include not only older adults who became eligible under the state of Maine’s Phase 1b, but also health care workers who were already eligible under Phase 1a. Because each person needs two doses administered four weeks apart (for the Moderna vaccine), some of the vaccine received each week is already earmarked for scheduled second doses. Appointments are being scheduled in order of when each registrant’s information was received, based the allocation of vaccine actually received each week.
As the number of doses received from the state increases and the clinic is operating at full capacity, the hospital expects to administer 2,500 vaccines per week through August, or as long as it takes to vaccinate Maine residents. The location at St. Christopher’s Church offers ample parking and ease of access, and a good traffic flow to maintain safe social distancing protocols. Our thanks to the Catholic Diocese of Portland for the use of their space in this collaborative endeavor to care for our community.
The York Hospital website is the best place to check for the latest updates and information about the vaccine at York Hospital, including who is currently eligible to sign up for the waiting list. Please visit www.yorkhospital.com/vaccines to find out more.
To read or listen to coverage about York Hospital’s vaccine clinic from area media outlets, please visit the following links: