April 5: COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Dear Students,

Last week, Governor Mills accelerated Maine’s vaccine rollout, and announced that individuals 16 years old and older will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine beginning Wednesday, April 7. As a reminder, out-of-state students, including international students, who reside in Maine to attend college will be eligible for a vaccine in Maine. Please take a moment to review the important information below.

Where can I get the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 vaccines?

The State of Maine maintains a vaccine webpage that is continually updated as information and timelines change. We will continue to update our Bates COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs as we get more information. Please check both sites on a regular basis.

Where will I be able to get a vaccine appointment?

  • Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC) will continue to host their vaccine clinic at the Auburn Mall. 
  • The Auburn Mall Clinic has appointments on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. More appointment times may become available depending on vaccine supply.
  • Vaccine clinics in Maine are listed here. Bates is highlighting the CMMC clinic due to its high capacity, proximity to the college, and our partnership between CMMC and Bates Health Services.

How do I register for the Auburn CMMC Clinic?

  • Schedule your appointment here.
  • Review the information sheets for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
  • Complete the COVID Screen Attestation Form and the Community COVID Vaccine Consent Form.
    • These forms will also be available for pick up in Commons beginning this afternoon and in the COVID-19 Testing Center in Underhill beginning  Wednesday, April 7. 
    • You will be required to bring paper copies of these forms with you to your vaccine appointment.
  • Please note, you must get your second dose (“booster shot”) at the same location where you receive your initial dose.

What do I need to bring with me to my appointment?

How do I get there?

  • The Bobcat Express will provide shuttle service from campus to the Auburn Mall Vaccine Clinic beginning Wednesday, April 7.
  • Students should complete the Bobcat Express Reservation form to reserve a ride to the vaccine clinic. This will allow Campus Safety to plan the appropriate number of shuttles.
  • Shuttles will be available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays every 30 mins starting at 7:30 a.m. The last shuttle will depart campus at 5:30 p.m. and the final pick up at the Auburn Mall will be at 6:30 p.m.
  • Shuttles will pick-up and drop-off at the Chase Hall loading dock. 
  • Please note: The Bobcat Express will still be available for medical appointments and other transportation needs. 

I have a vaccine appointment out-of-state. How do I get permission to leave Maine to get vaccinated?

Please email studentaffairs@bates.edu to receive prior approval and you will be provided with directions about what you will need to do upon your return to campus. However, please note that students in isolation or close contact quarantine may not go to a vaccine appointment and must continue to follow all isolation and quarantine protocols.

If I have a vaccine appointment in Maine during in-room restriction, can I still attend it?

Yes.

However, please note that students in isolation or quarantine may not go to a vaccine appointment and must continue to follow all isolation and quarantine protocols.

Will Bates be hosting its own vaccine clinic? 

The State of Maine is still distributing vaccinations solely through clinics and pharmacies. We continue to talk with our contacts in the Maine CDC about the possibility of an on-campus vaccination clinic, but until the state distribution process changes, Bates will continue advising students on how to access these already established vaccination sites. 

Where do I direct questions?

If you have any questions, please send your inquiry to studentaffairs@bates.edu, and we will be sure to connect you to the person best situated to assist you.

Thank you for your continued interest in knowing how to access a vaccine. We will keep you updated as we learn more.

Sincerely, 

Josh

Joshua G. McIntosh
Vice President for Campus Life