MDI Hospital Offering COVID Vaccine Clinic December 28th
MDI Hospital will be offering a COVID Vaccine Clinic, by appointment on Tuesday, December 28th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m in the lobby of the Bar Harbor Regency Hotel. This is for anyone looking for their initial vaccine, their second vaccine or their booster shot. Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines and boosters will be available.
Visit MDI Hospital's website to view and book open appointments.
If you received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, you must be 6 months or more past your initial series to be eligible for a booster.
Boosters are now recommended for everyone 18 and older at least 2 months after receiving their Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
If you plan to receive your first dose at the Regency, you will need to find accommodations for your follow-up doses at another location.
MDI Hospital previously released these Frequently Asked Questions about boosters
Q: Am I eligible for a booster?
A: According to the latest CDC guidelines, people who received their second shot of Pfizer or Moderna at least six months ago should get a booster if they fall into one of these categories:
- 65 years and older
- Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings
- Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
- Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings
For those who received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine, a booster shot is recommended for everyone 18 and older at least 2 months after receiving their original dose.
Q: What is the difference between a booster and a third dose?
Booster shots are given when an original vaccine's effectiveness may start to weaken, while a third or additional dose might be offered to those who are not expected to have had a strong enough immune response to their initial vaccination due to certain conditions. Consult your health care provider to learn which might be right for you.
Q: Do I need to get the same booster as my original COVID-19 vaccine?
A: The CDC's recommendations now allow for mix and match dosing for booster shots. Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may prefer the vaccine type that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster. The biggest benefit to mixing and matching is that it gives people options to get their booster as soon as possible.
Q: What are the expected side effects?
A: Side effects are expected to be similar to initial vaccination and can include pain at the injection site, fatigue, muscle pain, headache and fever.