COVID-19 Vaccine update – 1/18/2021
The Maine CDC has announced that the state is moving ahead with the next phase of COVID-19 vaccines. This phase will involve vaccination of people age 70 and older. Please note that this phase does NOT include individuals younger than 70 even if they have a high-risk medical condition. Vaccines will be provided at several different sites around the state.
Our nearest vaccine clinic will be at the YMCA in Boothbay which will begin offering vaccination on Monday, January 25th. Vaccines will be given by scheduled appointment only. If you are age 70 or older and want to schedule a vaccination, call 1(877)780-7545. You will be asked to leave your contact information for a call back to schedule your appointment.
We will continue to update you as more information becomes available.
Please remember that wearing masks, using hand sanitizer, and following social distancing guidelines will continue to be necessary until the pandemic is under control – even after someone has received both doses of the vaccine.
Your Lifespan Team
With the first two vaccines for COVID-19 having been authorized for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration, we are looking forward to 2021 with hope and optimism! It is important to remember, however, that it will be some months before a vaccine becomes widely available, and in the meantime, our continued vigilance in the battle against COVID-19 is needed. Limited supplies of vaccines from Pfizer and now Moderna are starting to be administered to front-line health care workers and staff and residents of nursing homes, per guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
As you may have heard, quantities of these vaccines are extremely limited. It is expected that vaccinations will not be available to most patients until late spring or early summer, and the CDC is still working on criteria for distribution after this first phase is completed. We are waiting to hear when the vaccine will be available to our care team and are awaiting guidance from the CDC to prepare for vaccine distribution among our patients. State and federal guidelines as to which patients should be prioritized for the vaccine are being developed and more information should be forthcoming.
What this means is that, amidst the hopeful sign that a vaccine has started to become available, we all still have much work to do to combat this pandemic:
- Please remain vigilant by wearing a face covering over your
mouth and nose any time you leave your home and sanitize hands frequently.
- Please follow social distancing guidelines.
- Please do not travel unless necessary, and that is especially
true during the holiday season.
Staying healthy also means staying current with preventative care appointments. We are available and safe to see you for routine preventative and follow up appointments. Telehealth appointments are also available. Even as the vaccines roll out, the risk of transmission through our population will remain high, and we will need to keep these measures in place for many months to come.
We will keep you updated as more information is available.
Have a blessed and safe holiday season!
Your Lifespan Team
If you have a scheduled telemedicine appointment with your provider, please use the following link at the time of your appointment.
New Patient Info
We are excited about your decision to allow Lifespan Family Healthcare to become involved in your health and well-being. Here are some important things to remember about the office and links to the forms you will need to become a new patient.
As part of our commitment to provide better access for our patients, we’ve added a secure patient portal. Using the portal allows you to access your medical charts and allows you to contact the providers and staff directly, securely and at your own convenience. Signing up for the portal is easy, just go to the Patient Portal and click “Sign up Today”.
As a Patient Centered Medical Home, recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, we are committed to providing quality, cost effective, compassionate, and personalized healthcare through team-based care, better access, coordination of care, and equal access to all our patients. All aimed at improving your overall health.
Lifespan is a member of the MaineHealth – Accountable Care Organization. This network of hospitals and healthcare providers are dedicated to measurably increasing the quality and decreasing the cost of care delivered to patients in Maine and northern New Hampshire. The ACO offers us resources to advance patient-centered/coordinated care, payer negotiations and provider support.
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