“Catch up clinics” begin next week to help families ensure up-to-date vaccinations

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) will offer a series of free “catch up” immunization clinics starting next week to help parents ensure that their children are up-to-date on required vaccinations.

Starting Monday, July 27, regularly scheduled once or twice weekly clinics will be offered at Public Health Nursing offices in Augusta, Bangor, Caribou, Lewiston, and Portland. Clinics are by appointment only to ensure proper physical distancing. Parents can call (207) 287-6730 or (207) 287-4112 to schedule an appointment.

All vaccines on the childhood immunization schedule will be available at no cost for children 18 and younger.

Families are encouraged to first reach out to their primary care provider to arrange for immunizations. If families don’t have a primary care provider or if their provider is not able to meet their needs for immunizations, parents should get a copy of each child’s immunization record to bring to the clinic.

At the clinics, public health nurses will administer shots, provide an updated immunization record to the family, and notify primary care providers of the vaccines given to each child.

Public health nurses also will assist families who don’t have a primary care provider to find a way to receive continued care.

For more information, call (207) 287-6730 or (207) 287-4112 or visit the vaccine clinic website.