COVID-19 Vaccine Information
(updated as of September 24, 2021)
MODERNA Third (Booster) Shot Information
(Please note the York Hospital does not offer Pfizer booster shots at this time.)
The FDA has approved a third (booster) dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine for patients who are moderately to severely immunocompromised. Following Maine CDC guidelines, you qualify for the Moderna vaccine if you have:
- Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
- Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
- Received CAR-T-cell or stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
- Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
- Advanced or untreated HIV infection
- Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response
You will be required to sign a consent form, verifying that you have a moderate to severe immune compromised condition. At least 28 days must have passed between your second shot and your third (booster) dose. If you are unsure as to whether you qualify, please reach out to your health care provider to discuss your medical condition, and whether a third dose is appropriate for you at this time.
If you currently meet the requirements listed above, please contact our COVID-19 Vaccine Care Access Team at 207-752-8685 to make an appointment. We are only scheduling appointments for individuals with a moderate to severe immune compromised condition. A provider’s order is not required and we do not have a wait list.
Please note, the CDC recommends you continue to receive the same vaccine that you have been given for your two previous doses (i.e., Moderna or Pfizer). If this is not possible, you may receive the other (York Hospital offers only the Moderna vaccine). For further details on the third dose vaccine for immunocompromised individuals, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019ncov/vaccines/recommendations/immuno.html.
York Hospital continues to monitor the CDC recommendations and guidelines regarding availability of booster doses for all adults, More information about booster doses for all vaccinated adults will be available in coming weeks and we will update our policy and our website as soon as plans evolve. At this time, additional doses or booster shots are not being offered to anybody who is not immunocompromised – this includes older adults and/or health care workers – and we do not have a waiting list. You can find the August 18 CDC recommendations and other recommendations by visiting: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s0818-covid-19-booster-shots.html.
To clarify for all patients, CDC guidelines recommend at least 28 days between second and third vaccine doses for someone who is immune-compromised. For all adults who are NOT immune-compromised, the CDC guidelines recommend a third dose or booster shot eight months after an individual receives their second dose (Moderna or Pfizer).
Visit the York Hospital Drive-thru Vaccine Clinic at our York Walk-In Care location.
Anyone age 18+ may register for the COVID-19 Vaccine – call our hotline at 207-752-8685 to make your appointment!
York Walk-In Care
343 U.S. Route One
York, Maine 03909
Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday
8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
PLEASE NOTE: Because our clinic provides MODERNA Vaccine, per the guidance of the FDA, only those age 18 or older are eligible to receive it.
York Hospital will register ANYONE (non-Maine residents included) age 18 and over, for a vaccine appointment. We welcome ALL to call the Vaccine Hotline at 207-752-8685, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., to speak with a caregiver who will assist you in making an appointment. Same day appointments may be available. If you call outside of these hours, please leave a voicemail with your name and phone number and you’ll receive a call back the next business day. Before calling for your appointment, please have the following information available to provide to the York Hospital caregiver:
- Insurance Information if applicable (Please note: You do not need insurance to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.)
- Medicare Card, if applicable (If your Medicare number is not accessible, you will be asked to provide your Social Security number.)
- Date of Birth (age 18+)
- Phone number (cell preferred, if possible)
- Email address (if you have one)
If you prefer to seek out alternative options for your vaccine, please don’t hesitate to reach out to any of the vaccination sites listed here on the state of Maine website.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Homebound Community Members
York Hospital is not directly involved with vaccinating our community members unable to leave their homes. However, York Community Service Association (YCSA) is collaborating with Southern Maine Agency on Aging (SMAA) and Northern Light Home Care and Hospice to offer this service. If you are physically unable to leave your home, please call Michelle Surdoval at YCSA at 207-363-5504 and press OPTION 5. If Michelle doesn’t answer, please leave your name, address, phone number, date of birth and a brief message indicating that you are unable to leave your home for a vaccine. Michelle will share the information with SMAA and Northern Light who will be in touch directly to arrange a home visit for a vaccine when it is possible to do so. For more information, please contact Michelle Surdoval or visit www.ycsame.org.
HOW TO SIGN UP FOR THE VACCINE IF YOU HAVE OR ARE RECOVERING FROM COVID-19
PLEASE NOTE: If you currently have or are recovering from COVID-19, you must wait to receive the vaccine until after you’ve finished your full isolation period, which the CDC defines as follows:
- 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
- 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
- Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving. NOTE: Some symptoms, including loss of sense of smell/taste, can persist for weeks. Therefore, as long as certain symptoms, including respiratory symptoms, are improving, isolation can be considered completed if all other criteria are met. Please visit the U.S. CDC website for complete details: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/end-home-isolation.html
Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Evangeline Thibodeau receives her vaccine.