The vaccination process is ramping up to speed, and with advancements like this everyone just may be taken care of by May.

It was announced this week that soon Hannaford Supermarkets would begin administering COVID-19 vaccinations.  Add the biggest supermarket chain in Maine to Walmart, Sam's Club and Walgreens, and there's now many alternatives to getting your shot other than at your local hospital or the Cross Insurance Center.

Beginning today, Mainers 60 years of age and older can begin to schedule their appointments to receive their vaccinations. There are over 175,000 Mainers in their 60s.

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As it stands right now, most Mainers will continue to receive two shots spread apart by one month, but soon the Johnson & Johnson vaccinations will come into play where one will only have to receive just one shot. Maine is due to receive 80,000 doses of the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine this month.  .

The folks at Hannaford have done the necessary preliminary work in preparation of receiving the doses, like installing new freezers and training the staff.  The COVID-19 vaccine is covered by your health insurance or some government plan that you are a part of, or could be.

You can make your appointment with Hannaford at their SITE if you are indeed 60 or older, and you must bring a legal ID and your insurance card along with you that day.

As of this writing, there are currently no available appointments within 50 miles of Bangor.  But of course it would be wise to keep checking back.

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While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.

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