Eligibility guidelines expanding

. Posted in Coronavirus, COVID-19

Dear Patient,

Governor Mills and the Maine CDC are expanding the state’s COVID vaccine eligibility guidelines, giving the green light for those age 60 and older, effective Wednesday, March 3.

The new guidelines also include the timeline for other age groups:

  • Age 50 and older: April
  • Age 40 and older: May
  • Age 30 and older: June
  • Under 30: July

If you are in your 60s
InterMed will begin to contact our patients in their 60s next week. As we have with earlier groups, we’ll begin with the oldest — focusing on those at highest risk of serious complications from COVID — and work our way down the list. Please rest assured that we have you on our list. We ask that you do not call our office with questions about appointments. Many of your questions can be answered on the COVID FAQ page of our website, and you can learn more about statewide vaccination sites by clicking here.

The vaccine is available at no cost to you, but InterMed will bill the administration fee to your insurance provider. Please remember to bring your insurance card along with state-issued identification. If you are a Medicare or Medicare Advantage patient, please bring your Traditional Medicare ID (the red, white, and blue card) to your appointment.

If you were vaccinated elsewhere
If you received a vaccine outside of InterMed, please call or send a portal message to your physician’s office so that we can update your medical record. This is important as some of the vaccine manufacturers are considering a booster shot, and we want to have an accurate immunization history on file for you.

I’m pleased with the progress we’re seeing on the vaccination front and hopeful that supplies will increase in coming weeks. As always, I ask that you continue to cover your nose and mouth with a mask, wash hands regularly, and practice social distancing.

Please stay safe and well,

Dan Loiselle, MD, Chief Medical Officer, and the entire healthcare team at InterMed