These booster shots can be a bit hard to come by.
I remember when the first round of vaccines came around. After having to wait through all the various age groups to get their shots, the next hurdle was just trying to get an appointment. I think from the time I started looking around until I confirmed my first shot, was a few weeks. And then a few more weeks until I actually got stuck in the arm.
Now that the booster has been rolled out, many folks are having some of the same issues. Except for this time around, booster shots are being affected in some of the same ways regular life has been. Supply chain issues, staffing shortages... you name it. Much like before, It's taken me about a month to get a booster on the books.
Then there are all the stories of canceled appointments...
In addition to long wait times, there've also been lots of widespread complaints about getting a time slot, only to have it canceled at the last minute because there's no one available to actually give the shot, because of staffing issues. So Northern Light Health has set up two additional booster clinics in Bangor and South Portland.
They just had had their first, of hopefully many, clinics at the Healthcare Mall on Union Street in Bangor, and they've got an additional site in South Portland at the old Pier 1 building. That site will be open today through Dec. 22. Bonus: The South Portland site will have all brands of vaccines available, according to NewsCenter Maine.
Folks interested in getting their vaccine directly through Northern Light Health, can do so right here.