Vaccine recipient Michael Shunney, among the first group at the Rockport clinic
Vaccine recipient Michael Shunney, among the first group at the Rockport clinic
MaineHealth recently opened COVID-19 vaccine clinics in Belfast and Rockport. Operated jointly by Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital, the clinics deliver vaccines to those 70 years of age and older and to area health care workers, including first responders.

The clinics are held at the Samoset Resort in Rockport and in building 6 at the former MBNA complex in Belfast. Both locations offer the necessary interior space required for a high-volume vaccination campaign and ample parking.

Between 250 and 300 people per day were vaccinated at each location the first week, and vaccination will continue at both locations based on vaccine allotments and staffing availability each week. Numbers will increase in the future as more doses of the vaccine become available.

Michael Shunney, 70, was among the first to get vaccinated at the Rockport clinic. In a news release, he said, “I normally avoid getting vaccinated but felt a sense of obligation with COVID-19. It feels like taking one for the team. It is a duty to the community. If it was just for me, I probably wouldn’t have gotten the shot. But this is much bigger than me.”

Vaccination is by appointment only. Due to high demand, people are encouraged to be patient as they seek appointments. To sign up, visit mainehealth.org/vaccine or call (877) 780-7545. Those who have registered will receive a call back in the order in which their call was received, when there is vaccine available. MaineHealth asks that people not call their local health care providers, as they are not able to make appointments.

Both clinic locations are following the eligibility guidance of the Maine Center for Disease Control. As the state expands eligibility, PBMC and WCGH will share the information at pbmc.org and wcgh.org and on their Facebook pages.

There is help available at both clinics for those who need physical assistance. Everyone entering the clinic will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 and will be required to wear a mask, maintain social distancing and sanitize their hands.