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Links to more info on the COVID-19 Vaccine:

Maine CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Info Page

COVID-19 Vaccination in Maine FAQ Page

Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Registration Page


April 16, 2021CRH will NOT BE SCHEDULING NEW VACCINE APPOINTMENTS at this time. All Moderna Dose 2 vaccine will be provided to those that received Dose 1 at a prior CRH vaccine clinic. Those that have a date for Dose 2 of the Moderna covid vaccine series, will receive an email the Friday prior to the scheduled vaccine date to select an appointment time.

April 9, 2021 – As with many in the State, CRH did not receive a vaccine allocation this week. We have a small supply of Johnson and Johnson and Moderna vaccine left over from the prior clinic. We will over a short clinic over lunch time hours this week.

April 2, 2021 – CRH will have 200 Johnson & Johnson Covid vaccines (one dose) and 50 Moderna (two dose) vaccines for the April 7 clinic at the WCCC gym. The dose 2 date for the Moderna vaccine will be May 5. The registration link will be active after 2 p.m. today. Those needing assistance signing up can still call the COVID Info Line at 454-9299 and leave a message with their name and phone number. A volunteer will help schedule a vaccine appointment.

March 25, 2021 – CRH will have MODERNA Covid vaccine for the March 31 clinic at WCCC gym. The Dose 2 date will be April 28. You MUST commit to both dates. The registration link will be activer after 2 p.m. on Friday, March 26. Those needing assistance signing up can still call the COVID Info Line at 454-9299 and leave a message with their name and phone number. A volunteer will help schedule a vaccine appointment.

March 12, 2021 – CRH was notified earlier today that 150 doses will be made available for the CRH clinic next week. The registration link will be active after 2 p.m. today.

March 10, 2021 – As is the case with many providers in the State this week, CRH did not receive a vaccine allocation. This means there will be NO NEW VACCINE REGISTRATIONS on Friday. Those receiving Dose 2 of the Moderna vaccine or already allocated doses from this week’s supply will be scheduled at next week’s CRH Vaccine Clinic. If CRH receives a vaccine allocation from the Maine CDC next week, the registration link will open next on Friday, March 19 after 2 p.m. for a clinic on Wednesday, March 24.

March 4, 2021 – CRH has received 250 of the 1000 Johnson & Johnson one dose vaccine that arrived in Washington County this week. Beginning next week (March 10), the CRH Vaccine Clinics will be at the WCCC gym. The link to register for an appointment will go live on Friday (March 5) at 2 p.m. Eligible to register for vaccine clinics are Phase 1A healthcare workers, Maine residents 60 and older and school/childcare workers.

March 1, 2021 – Additional slots for the March 3 COVID Vaccine Clinic at CRH will be released this afternoon after 3:30 p.m. The link will be on the appointment registration page as usual.

February 26, 2021 – CRH will hold a vaccine clinic on Wednesday, March 3. The appointment registration link will be active at 6 p.m. on Friday, February 26. The State of Maine has updated its vaccination plan and expanded the eligibility age.  As of March 3, those age 60 and older are eligible for COVID-19 vaccine.  It is anticipated that eligibility schedule will be 50 and older in April, 40 and older in May, 30 and older in June and then age 29 and under by July.

February 24, 2021 –  The appointment registration link will NOT be opening on Thursday morning this week.   CRH did not receive a vaccine allocation from the Maine CDC earlier this week, and are still waiting for notification on whether any vaccine will arrive prior to the weekly COVID Vaccine Clinic at CRH.   At this time it is uncertain if the clinic will be held next week.  Check back over the next few days for new updates.

If you have a loved one or friend eligible for this clinic who does not have the ability to register online, reach out to them and offer to assist. The info needed is their name, address, date of birth, phone number and an email address (it can be someone else’s).For those that have no one to assist them, there is a volunteer group that has offered to help community members with registering online for an appointment. A name and phone number can be left on the COVID-19 Info Line (454-9299). The group will maintain a list and attempt to schedule appointments each week in the online system. If a volunteer is able to schedule an appointment they will call with the date and time. Utilizing this group could be a longer process than asking a close family member or friend to help. However, our hope is that it will help to capture those in our community that truly have no one else to reach out to for help.

The CRH Swab and Send site provides COVID-19 testing on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 8 to 10 a.m. at 18 Palmer St in Calais.  Testing is no longer available on Wednesdays to accommodate Vaccine Clinics. 

February 16, 2021 – Each Wednesday that CRH receives vaccine a COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic will be held. The link to register for an appointment will open after 8:30 a.m. each Thursday the week prior. There will also be an On-Call List for each clinic to be utilized so no doses are wasted due to last minute cancellations or no shows. Currently we only have scheduling access via this online link. If you have a loved one or friend eligible for this clinic who does not have the ability to register online, reach out to them and offer to assist. The info needed is their name, address, date of birth, phone number and an email address (it can be someone else’s).For those that have no one to assist them, there is a volunteer group that has offered to help community members with registering online for an appointment. A name and phone number can be left on the COVID-19 Info Line (454-9299). The group will maintain a list and attempt to schedule appointments each week in the online system. If a volunteer is able to schedule an appointment they will call with the date and time. Utilizing this group could be a longer process than asking a close family member or friend to help. However, our hope is that it will help to capture those in our community that truly have no one else to reach out to for help.

February 10, 2021 – Calais Regional Hospital is pleased to announce we are holding a Vaccine Clinic on Wednesday, February 17 for those age 70 and older as part of Phase 1B.   We have a small vaccine supply of 100 doses. The link to register for an appointment will be available between 8:30-8:45 a.m. on Thursday, February 11.     There will also be an On-Call List for the clinic to be utilized so no doses are wasted due to last minute cancellations or no shows.   The vaccine appointment registration page is available here.

Currently we only have scheduling access via this online link.   If you do not have the ability to register online, reach out to a family member or friend that does and ask them to assist you.    The info needed for registration is your name, address, date of birth, phone number and an email address (which can be the person helping you).  Work is still being done to provide options beyond online access to register for vaccine appointments. Until another solution is ready, please reach out to those that may be able to help you.

Important items to note regarding this Vaccine Clinic:The vaccine is a two dose series and you MUST commit to both dates, which are February 17 and March 17. 

~ Please arrive on time.  Showing up late may result in cancellation of your appointment.   If you cannot come to your appointment, it is important to notify CRH as soon as possible as vaccine must be given in groups of 10 and within 6 hours of first dose being removed from a vial. 

~ Screening when entering the facility and masking is required

~ Only the person being vaccinated should come to the clinic.  Guests are not allowed due to social distancing requirements.

FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR STAFF AND OTHERS:  Do not come if you are actively ill with COVID-19 or in quarantine due to an exposure to a positive person.   Also do not come if you have any flu, cold or COVID-19 symptoms such as temperature 100F or greater, new onset fever/chills, cough, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, congestion, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or new loss of taste or smell.

We expect these slots will fill up quickly.   As soon as we are notified that we will receive vaccine doses additional clinics will be scheduled.   Thank you for your interested in being vaccinated.   By vaccinating yourself you are becoming part of the solution for moving out of the pandemic.


February 3, 2021 – Calais Regional Hospital is pleased to announce we are holding a Vaccine Clinic on Wednesday, February 10 for those age 70 and older as part of Phase 1B.   We have a small vaccine supply of 100 doses. The link to register for an appointment will be available after 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 4.     There will also be an On-Call List for the clinic to be utilized so no doses are wasted due to last minute cancellations or no shows.   The vaccine appointment registration page is available on the CRH website at www.calaishospital.org.  Click the red banner at the top of the page to access the various COVID-19 information links. 

Currently we only have scheduling access via this online link.   If you do not have the ability to register online, reach out to a family member or friend that does and ask them to assist you.    The info needed for registration is your name, address, date of birth, phone number and an email address (which can be the person helping you).  Work is still being done to provide options beyond online access to register for vaccine appointments. Until another solution is ready, please reach out to those that may be able to help you.

Important items to note regarding this Vaccine Clinic:The vaccine is a two dose series and you MUST commit to both dates, which are February 10 and March 10. 

~ Please arrive on time.  Showing up late may result in cancellation of your appointment.   If you cannot come to your appointment, it is important to notify CRH as soon as possible as vaccine must be given in groups of 10 and within 6 hours of first dose being removed from a vial. 

~ Screening when entering the facility and masking is required

~ Only the person being vaccinated should come to the clinic.  Guests are not allowed due to social distancing requirements.

FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR STAFF AND OTHERS:  Do not come if you are actively ill with COVID-19 or in quarantine due to an exposure to a positive person.   Also do not come if you have any flu, cold or COVID-19 symptoms such as temperature 100F or greater, new onset fever/chills, cough, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, congestion, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or new loss of taste or smell.

We expect these slots will fill up quickly.   As soon as we are notified that we will receive vaccine doses additional clinics will be scheduled.   Thank you for your interested in being vaccinated.   By vaccinating yourself you are becoming part of the solution for moving out of the pandemic.


January 26, 2021 – During today’s Maine CDC briefing, CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah mentioned that Calais Regional Hospital had received vaccine recently. While Dr. Shah did continue to explain that the vaccine was “initially for their (CRH’s) own workers and then those in (CRH’s) community who are clinicians and then more broadly.” Based on the number of calls received at the hospital following his statement, it seems many did not catch what Dr. Shah said past his announcement that CRH had received vaccine recently.

CRH did receive a shipment of 100 doses of vaccine last week allocated for the Phase 1A healthcare worker Vaccine Clinic the hospital held Saturday, January 23. With such a small amount of vaccine, it did not take long for all doses to be accounted for within the Phase 1A category.

CRH has been, and will continue to be, part of the response to COVID-19 in Washington County and the State of Maine. We have NOT received vaccine for any of the other phases yet. CRH staff is developing plans to be able to provide vaccine within the community. How soon, how many doses, and when are all still yet to be determined. Work sessions with CDC staff and other area healthcare organizations are scheduled for this week. As information is solidified registration links will be open for community members to schedule appointments. Watch for information here, on the hospital Facebook page or via the CRH COVID-19 info line: 454-9299.

As information is solidified, registration links will be open for community members to schedule appointments (see Appointment Registration Page link above).    THERE IS NOT A SIGN UP LIST FOR THE VACCINE at the hospital or the CRMS practices.  Thank you for your interested in being vaccinated.   By vaccinating yourself you are becoming part of the solution for moving out of the pandemic.    


January 4, 2021 – Many people are anxious to know where they are on the priority list and where they will receive the vaccine.   However with so much yet to be solidified, the key will be to have patience until direction is provided by the State.  Until that occurs, vaccine providers have no answers. 

The CRH Vaccine Team has worked on strategies and had general discussions on various possibilities for providing vaccine to the general population.   But until guidance and instruction is provided by the State, nothing can be solidified.    Once the timeline and direction is provided, CRH will move forward with developing plans for vaccine rollout.   THERE IS NOT A SIGN UP LIST FOR THE VACCINE at the hospital or the CRMS practices.   Vaccination access/availability will be communicated via the local media, the hospital’s website and the Facebook page.  

With initial availability of vaccine, the US CDC has provided recommendations about who should be vaccinated first.  However beyond the first federal recommendation level of healthcare workers and nursing home residents, each State is tasked with implementing a distribution plan, solidifying eligibility order and communicating the information to the general public.   

Maine is using a phased approach to vaccination, consistent with U.S. CDC guidance that remains subject to change and refinement.   At this time, vaccine availability is limited to health care workers and emergency responders, and Maine’s most vulnerable residents, such as those living in nursing facilities.

Maine is reviewing the next health care personnel groups who will receive vaccinations in the first phase. Following vaccination of health care personnel, the U.S. CDC recommends vaccinations next be prioritized for other frontline essential workers and adults 75 years and older, followed by non-frontline essential workers and people 16 – 64 years with high-risk medical conditions.  

However, the phase eligibility and distribution plan is not finalized for Maine.  At the end of December CDC Medical Director Dr. Nirav Shah indicated that moving those 75 and older up in the order is under discussion, but nothing has been decided yet.  “We know other states have gone that route.  I think there is more discussion to be had,” Dr. Shah said.  According to the Maine CDC Vaccine page people will learn about access to vaccines through the Maine CDC, employers, and their medical providers.