COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Martin's Point Vaccine Clinics

 

Scheduled Appointments (16+)

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Walk-In Vaccines (18+)

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New Hampshire Residents: 

New Hampshire residents can receive their vaccine through the New Hampshire state-run clinics.

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Vaccine Clinics 

Where can I get a COVID-19 Vaccine?

Martin’s Point Vaccine Clinic— (located at 895 Washington Avenue, Portland, ME) Register on our signup for a scheduled appointment or visit our Vaccine Clinic during operating hours for walk-in vaccines (see schedule below). NOTE: Martin's Point Vaccine Clinics are open to all, regardless of state of residence. 

Scheduled Appointment preferred? Register on our Martin's Point COVID-19 Vaccine Sign-up today

Pediatric Vaccines (those aged 16 & 17)— Register on our Martin's Point COVID-19 Vaccine Sign-up. Appointments will be scheduled, we are not currently offering walk-in options for pediatric patients. Parents/guardians must accompany their child(ren) to the vaccine appointment OR download and sign the required consent form below and ensure they bring the signed form to their appointment.

Pediatric Vaccine Administration Consent Form (PDF)

Walk-in Vaccines

Martin’s Point Vaccine Clinics offer walk-in vaccines during clinic operating hours which vary from week to week (see current schedule below). Those aged 18+ are welcome. No appointment is needed and vaccines are available on a first come, first served basis while supplies last. 

MARTIN’S POINT VACCINE CLINIC – Operating Hours April 30 through May 8

 Location  Date  Time

Portland Vaccine Clinic 
895 Washington Ave
Portland Maine, 04103
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Monday, May 10 3-6pm
Tuesday, May 11 8:30am-1pm
Wednesday, May 12 8:30am-12pm, 1-7pm
Thursday, May 13 8:30am-12pm
Friday, May 14 8:30am-12pm, 1-7pm
Saturday, May 15 12-3pm
 Sunday, May 16  No Clinic

Other Maine Vaccine Clinics  

Visit the Maine CDC website to view other public vaccine clinics.

NEW HAMPSHIRE Residents: Martin’s Point will NOT offer vaccine clinics in New Hampshire. New Hampshire residents can receive their vaccine through the New Hampshire state-run clinics.

If You Are Attending a Martin's Point Vaccine Clinic

  • According to CDC guidelines, you should not get your COVID-19 vaccine if you have had any other vaccine within 14 days of the appointment date.
  • If you have a scheduled appointment, please arrive at your appointment time. Do not arrive early.
  • There is no cost to vaccine recipients regardless of medical insurance status. If you do have medical insurance, please bring your insurance card with you.
  • Medicare-eligible patients should bring their red, white, and blue Medicare card.
  • If you use an Epi-pen, please bring it to your vaccine appointment.

What to expect at your appointment to get your COVID-19 vaccine: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/expect.html

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Current Vaccination Phases

IMPORTANT NOTES: Vaccine distribution phases and availability are based on where you live, not where you receive your health care. Martin’s Point Vaccine Clinics are  available to Maine and non-Maine residents. New Hampshire residents may also get vaccines through state-run clinics.

Maine:

Currently vaccinating those 16 and older

Details about the Maine CDC vaccine phases are available on the Maine CDC website.

New Hampshire: 

Currently vaccinating those 16 and older

Details about the New Hampshire CDC vaccine phases and registering for the vaccine are available on the New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services website or call 211.

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Vaccine Information, Safety & Side Effects

How do we know if the vaccines are safe?

Clinical trials and FDA review are both highly regulated processes involving strict protocols that must be followed in all cases. These vaccines were able to be developed and reviewed in record time without cutting corners because the drug companies and federal agencies received significant workforce and financial resources to prioritize rigorous testing and reviews.

NEW: April 25, 2021 UPDATE

As of April 26, after review of safety data, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the US Food and Drug Administration recommended that the use of the Johnson & Johnson (viral vector) COVID-19 vaccine be resumed.

According to the CDC website: 

  • Reports of adverse events following the use of J&J/Janssen vaccine suggest an increased risk of a rare adverse event called thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS). Nearly all reports of this serious condition, which involves blood clots with low platelets, have been in adult women younger than 50 years old.
  • A review of all available data at this time shows that the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine’s known and potential benefits outweigh its known and potential risks.
  • However, women younger than 50 years old should be aware of the rare but increased risk of this adverse event and that there are other COVID-19 vaccine options available for which this risk has not been seen.
  • CDC and FDA will continue to monitor the safety of all COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Seek medical care right away if you develop any of the symptoms below after receiving the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine.
  • If you have any questions or concerns, call your doctor, nurse, or clinic.

Are these vaccines effective?

Both Pfizer and Moderna products are “mRNA vaccines.” Learn more about mRNA vaccines at this CDC link. Both vaccines report an extremely high efficacy rate of over 94% and clinical trials show a high level of safety. The vaccines require two shots. The first shot starts building protection. A second shot at least 3-4 weeks later (depending on the vaccine type) is needed to get the most protection the vaccine has to offer.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a single-dose injection with an 85% efficacy rate for prevention of severe COVID illness, hospitalization, or death. This vaccine uses a harmless adenovirus which triggers cells to create a spike protein. The spike protein triggers the body's immune response, developing antibodies to fight the virus. Vaccine efficacy cannot be compared head to head because of the differences in the studies' populations and the time periods in which they were conducted.

What side effects can I expect?

Some individuals reported tiredness, muscle/joint pain, mild headache, chills, or redness at the injection site. These are indications that your body is building protection against the disease. Side effects may be minimal or may impact day-to-day activities, but should go away in a few days. Learn more about the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccines. The official reporting of coronavirus/COVID-19 vaccination side effects are published when the vaccine is reviewed by the FDA. Like with all vaccines, allergic reactions can occur, but are extremely rare.

Will I have a choice of which vaccine I receive?

At this time, there is not a choice of which vaccine you may receive. Vaccination clinics are being scheduled based on allocations received from state distributions of Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. With the exception of those aged 16 and 17, the recommendation from all health officials is that you do not delay getting vaccinated and receive whichever vaccine first becomes available to you. Please note that the Pfizer vaccine is the only brand approved for use in those aged 16 and 17.

Is the COVID-19 vaccine recommended for patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

The CDC has issued updated guidance around this topic, click here to read more

If I have already recovered from COVID-19, should I still get the vaccine?

Getting COVID-19 might offer some natural protection or immunity from reinfection, with some evidence that immunity may last two to three months. At this time, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends waiting no more than 90 days after onset of infection to receive the vaccine. Health care workers who have had COVID-19, and the general population, can receive the vaccine immediately after resolution of COVID-19 symptoms.

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After You Have Been Vaccinated

Do I need to wear a mask and social distance after I have been vaccinated?

The U.S. CDC has updated their guidance for people who have been fully vaccinated, allowing for gradual and safe return to some social activities with fewer restrictions. See the CDC webpage cdc.org/coronavirus to learn more about when you are considered fully vaccinated and these guidelines.

In the meantime, we urge everyone to continue to protect themselves and others, follow these basic recommendations:

  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others
  • Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces
  • Wash your hands often

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For Martin’s Point Health Plan Members

Martin's Point Generations Advantage and US Family Health Plan members, regardless of state of residence, are able to get a vaccine at the Martin’s Point Vaccine Clinic (located in Portland, ME) by registering on our waitlist for a scheduled appointment or visiting our clinic during our walk-in hours. You may also get your vaccine through any other state-designated public vaccine clinic. 

Martin’s Point health plan members residing in New Hampshire can also register for their vaccine through the state. Visit https://www.vaccines.nh.gov or call 2-1-1 to learn more and to schedule a vaccine appointment at a state clinic.

Martin’s Point health plan members residing in other states should visit their state government COVID-19 websites for guidance or stay in close contact with their primary care provider (PCP) office for availability and scheduling of the vaccine.

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