Coronavirus Vaccine Update:
BRHC is currently offering Moderna COVID-19 third doses to those who are moderately to severely immunocompromised. This includes people who 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 a 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
- This also includes post-splenectomy patients
Find more information on 3rd doses here.
Please note the following additional guidance:
- At this time, we are offering Moderna third doses (not boosters) for those who were vaccinated with the two-dose Moderna vaccine. The FDA currently does not recommend an additional dose for those who received the one-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine. We do not carry the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine; however, for information on Pfizer booster eligibility and local availability, visit www.maine.gov/covid19/vaccines.
- Bring your vaccination card with you to your appointment.
- You must wait at least 28 days after the second Moderna shot to receive the third dose.
- You should talk to your healthcare provider about your medical conditions, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for you; however, proof of recommendation or diagnosis from a provider is not required to receive the third dose.
BRHC holds weekly COVID-19 vaccine clinics at our Bucksport location,110 Broadway, on Tuesdays from 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Medical providers will be on site and walk-ins are welcome, or pre-register here. You may also contact our COVID information line at 469-7371, dial 6, dial 2, to schedule. We are currently offering Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines while supplies last. Clinics are open to anyone 18 and older.
We will provide updates on additional evening, weekend and Coastal Health Center (Ellsworth) clinics here, on our Facebook page, and on our COVID information line.
Free Rides are available to COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments: Learn more here.
Find information about the different COVID-19 vaccines here.
Please keep in mind the following information as you schedule with us:
- We will post updates about new clinics here and on our Facebook page. We will also update our COVID information line (469-7371, dial 6, dial 2).
- Once we post information about a new clinic, you may schedule online. Or, leave a message on our COVID Information Line at any time and we will call to schedule you for the next available clinic.
- Please do not contact your provider to schedule an appointment for vaccination.
GET TESTED FOR COVID-19
If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or would like to request a test, call us before coming to our facility. Dial 207-469-7371 and press option 6.
The following recommendations from the CDC highlight the precautions you can take to minimize coronavirus spread. Contact your healthcare provider for additional steps you may need to take. Older adults and those with medical conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, cancer, and those who smoke are considered at a higher risk for developing severe illness.
WEAR A MASK
- Wear masks with two or more layers to stop the spread of COVID-19.
- Wear the mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.
- Masks should be worn by people two years and older.
- Masks should NOT be worn by children younger than two, people who have trouble breathing, or people who cannot remove the mask without assistance.
- Wear masks in public settings, at events and gatherings, and anywhere you will be around other people.
PRACTICE PHYSICAL DISTANCING
- Keep a distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and others who do not live in your household.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
CLEAN YOUR HANDS OFTEN
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Extra caution with social gatherings, crowds, and travel.
Certain factors can make public activities more or less risky, such as local infection rates, duration of the activity, whether those around you wear masks and practice safe hand-hygiene and physical distancing, if indoors or outdoors, and your current health/risk factors.
Review the Maine CDC website for current infection rates in Maine, along with up-to-date restrictions and recommendations on travel and other activities.
STAY HOME IF YOU’RE SICK
Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick and contact your health care provider via phone before visiting the office.
COVER COUGHS & SNEEZES
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
THROW USED TISSUES IN THE TRASH
Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
PREPARING FOR HEALTHCARE NEEDS
Be sure you have over-the-counter medicines and medical supplies (like tissues) to treat fever and other symptoms. Most people will be able to recover from the coronavirus at home. The CDC recommends getting a 90-day supply of your medications when able.
Have enough household items and groceries on hand so that you’ll be prepared to stay at home for a period of time. If you have pets, be sure to have enough supplies on hand for them as well.
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