As of Wednesday, January 5 the PCR positivity rate for Maine increased to 18.05%, which is the highest positivity rate Maine has experienced in the entire pandemic. Across New England, states are experiencing the same spikes in positivity rates.

Hospitalizations, intensive care unit bed use, and ventilator use from Covid-19 have remained stable in the past two weeks, despite rising cases. Of those individuals hospitalized, 70% are not fully vaccinated. Currently, 76% of all Mainers are vaccinated, with 45% of those individuals having received booster doses.

Omicron is believed to be a milder variant of Covid-19, compared to the Delta variant, despite its higher transmissibility. However, those who are unvaccinated, or immunocompromised, are at risk of grave health complications, including death.

Vaccines and boosters

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded its emergency use order of the Pfizer vaccine this week, specifically relating to the booster doses. They have now authorized providing booster doses for children ages 12 to 15. The Augusta Armory began offering boosters to this age group on Tuesday, January 4. The U.S. FDA has shortened the interval after which people are eligible for a booster dose – five months, rather than six months after receiving a full vaccination dose. Additionally, they have added a 3rd primary series dose for immunocompromised children ages 5 to 11.

For parents of those children between the ages of 5 and 12 that have received their vaccinations five months ago or longer, arrangements should be made to get booster shots for those children. Similarly, for parents who received a full vaccine five months ago or longer of Pfizer or Moderna (or two or more months for J&J), a booster shot should also be scheduled.

Testing Sites

The Maine CDC has announced that they are expanding testing access. They are opening a drive-thru clinic for PCR testing at the Augusta Armory, which will require appointments for testing. The first appointment will be available on Monday, January 10th, and testing days will be on days that vaccinations are not being offered. More information will be available soon on the CDC’s testing website and its social media channels. For those unable to schedule online, the community vaccination hotline will also be available.

Provided below is a list of testing and vaccination sites in both the Greater Portland and Lewiston/Auburn Areas.

Covid-19 Testing Sites
ProviderTownINFOTest TypeAddress
Greater Portland Area
WalgreensGorhamMore infoAntigen120 Main St. Gorham, 04038-1306
WalgreensGorhamMore infoPCR120 MAIN STREET
CurativePortlandMore infoPCR1001 Westbrook Street
CVSPortlandMore infoPCR, Antigen111 AUBURN ST. Portland, 04103
Northern Light PharmacyPortlandMore infoPCR195 Fore River Parkway, Medical Office Building, Suite 170 Portland, 04102
WalgreensPortlandMore infoPCR616 Forest Ave Portland, 04101
WalgreensPortlandMore infoAntigen616 Forest Avenue Portland, 04103
WalgreensScarboroughMore infoPCR600 US ROUTE ONE
WalgreensScarboroughMore infoAntigen233 US Route 1 Scarborough, 04074
WalgreensScarboroughMore infoAntigen600 U.S. Route 1 Scarborough, 04074
WalgreensScarboroughMore infoPCR 
CVSSouth PortlandMore infoPCR, Antigen51 MARKET ST. South Portland, 04106
CVSWestbrookMore infoPCR 
Westbrook Public SafetyWestbrookMore infoPCR570 Main St. Westbrook, ME 04092
WalgreensWestbrookMore infoAntigen465 Main St. Westbrook, 04092
WalgreensWestbrookMore infoPCR465 MAIN STREET
CVSAuburnMore infoPCR 
CVSAuburnMore infoAntigen8 UNION STREET Auburn, 04210
WalgreensAuburnMore infoPCR61 Union Street Auburn, 04210
WalgreensAuburnMore infoPCR608 Minot Avenue Auburn, 04210
Community Clinical ServicesLewistonMore infoPCR, Antigen57 Birch Street Lewiston 04240
CVSLewistonMore infoPCR446 SABATTUS ST. Lewiston, 04240
WalgreensLewistonMore infoPCR430 Sabattus Street Lewiston, 04240
Covid-19 Vaccination Sites
Name of OrganizationMunicipalityScheduling InformationAge eligibility
Greater Portland Area
WalmartFalmouthSchedule here. Drop-ins welcome5+
WalmartScarboroughSchedule here. Drop-ins welcome5+
HannafordGorhamSchedule here.5+
HannafordPortlandForest Ave. Schedule here.5+
HannafordPortlandRiverside St. Schedule here.18+
HannafordScarboroughSchedule here.12+
HannafordSo. PortlandMillcreek. Schedule here.12+
HannafordSo. PortlandMaine Mall. Schedule here.18+
HannafordWestbrookSchedule here.18+
WalgreenWestbrookSchedule here or call 1-800-Walgreens12+
WalgreensGorhamSchedule here or call 1-800-Walgreens5+
WalgreensPortland127 Marginal Way. Schedule here or call 1-800-Walgreens12+
WalgreensPortland616 Forest Ave. Schedule here or call 1-800-Walgreens12+
WalgreensPortland290 Congress Street. Schedule here or call 1-800-Walgreens12+
WalgreensPortland713 Congress Street. Schedule here or call 1-800-Walgreens12+
WalgreensScarborough233 U.S. Route 1. Schedule here or call 1-800-Walgreens5+
WalgreensScarborough600 U.S. Route 1. Schedule here or call 1-800-Walgreens12+
WalgreensSouth PortlandSchedule here or call 1-800-Walgreens12+
Intermed Vaccine ClinicSouth PortlandAll Covid-19 shots and flu shots. Book your appointment here.5+
Greater Portland HealthPortlandGPH is offering weekly vaccination clinics with all three vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J. Call 207-874-2141 to schedule an appointment.12+
Martin’s PointPortlandBy appointment only. Call (207) 828-7814 or schedule here.18+
Northern Light Mercy HospitalPortlandAppointment needed. Schedule here.5+
Portland Community Free ClinicPortlandThe Clinic is now located at 39 Forest Avenue in Portland. Call 874-8982 to schedule an appointment.18+
North East Mobile Health ServicesPortlandTo schedule an appointment, visit
MAIN/Community Health NursingPortlandVaccinations available every Friday from 3:00-5:30 at 237 Oxford Street, Suite 25A in in Portland12+
Community Health Workers on site to provide translation for Somali, Arabic, French, Lingala, and Swahili. Quickly schedule appointments at [email protected]
Northern Light Home Care & HospiceSouth PortlandVisit or call 1-800-757-3326. 5+
Open Circle Family PracticeSouth PortlandVisit
Maine Medical Partners Portland PediatricsPortland Offering the COVID-19 vaccine by appointment only. Call the MaineHealth  Vaccine Assistant at 1-877-780-7545.5+
Maine Medical Partners Falmouth PediatricsFalmouthOffering the COVID-19 vaccine by appointment only. Call the MaineHealth  Vaccine Assistant at 1-877-780-7545.5+
Maine Medical Partners South Portland PediatricsSouth PortlandOffering the COVID-19 vaccine by appointment only. Call the MaineHealth  Vaccine Assistant at 1-877-780-7545.5+
Maine Medical Partners Westbrook PediatricsWestbrook Offering the COVID-19 vaccine by appointment only. Call the MaineHealth  Vaccine Assistant at 1-877-780-75455+
Personalized Pediatrics of MainePortlandVisit website here.5+
MaineHealth Community Vaccine Clinic at Free StreetPortlandMaineHealth is offering a vaccination clinic at 110 Free Street in Portland. Vaccinations are by appointment only – no walk-in appointments are available. Book your appointment here. 5+
Appointments are available on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Vaccinations available for those 16+ looking for boosters, first & second doses for age 12+ and pediatric vaccinations for those 5-11. All three vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J will be available. 
Free parking is available at 128 Free Street behind Dogfish Bar and Grill, less than a 3-minute walk to the 110 Free Street MaineHealth Community Vaccine Clinic’s entrance.
Northern Light Homecare and Hospice South PortlandVaccination clinic held at the former Pier 1 store in South Portland. All types of vaccinations available (first, second, booster, pediatric doses) and all types of vaccines will be offered. Walk-in only. Flu shots also available.5+
WalmartAuburnSchedule here5+
HannafordAuburnSchedule here12+
HannafordLewistonSchedule here12+
WalgreensAuburnSchedule here5+
WalgreensLewiston430 Sabattus Street. Schedule here12+
WalgreensLewiston315 Main Street. Schedule here12+
Pediatric Associates of LewistonLewistonSchedule here or call 207-784-57825+
Central Maine Health Care/Auburn MallAuburnThe Auburn Mall clinic is open Tuesday-Friday from 8am-5pm. Walk-ins welcome.5+
Call 207-520-2917 or visit Walk-in appointments are available for all eligible age groups.
Pediatric doses are available in the former Wilson store: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 2-6pm. 
B Street ClinicLewistonVisit website for more info: scheduling for weekends, walk-in information on website.12+
St. Mary’s Regional Medical CenterLewistonVisit for information or call 207-755-3100.18+
Apothecary RXLewiston To find out about getting a vaccination, call 207-783-3539. 5+