Vaccination FAQs

Updated April 7, 2021

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

The State of Maine maintains a vaccine webpage that is continually updated as information and timelines change. We will continue this site as we get more information. Please check both sites on a regular basis.

How can I find out if I am eligible for a vaccine?

Please visit the state’s website to find updates on timelines and eligibility. Beginning Wednesday, April 7, 2021, individuals 16 years old and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Maine.

Is the State of Maine going to allow out-of-state college students who reside in Maine to get vaccinated in Maine? 

Yes. The Maine CDC has confirmed that out-of-state students, including international students, who reside in Maine to attend college will be eligible for a vaccine in Maine. 

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.
  • A full list of vaccine clinics in Maine is available 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 can students get to the Auburn CMMC Clinic?
  • 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. 
Can I use my health insurance to get a vaccine?

While health insurance varies by type, individuals may use their health insurance for a vaccine at CMHC’s vaccine clinic located in the Auburn Mall, and you will not have to pay anything upfront for the vaccine. Providing your health insurance information when you schedule your appointment online will expedite the process when you arrive at the clinic. Please remember to take your health insurance card and ID with you when you go to your vaccine appointment.

I am a student, and I am eligible for a vaccine in my home state. How can I request permission to leave Maine to get a vaccine?

Students who are eligible for a vaccine in their home state may request permission to leave campus to get the vaccine. Students must plan to return to campus either the day of their departure or the following day and must limit interactions to family and those who are part of the vaccination process. Upon their return, these students will go to their room to complete an in-room quarantine period until they receive their first negative test at their next appointment. Students must register their plans with us using this form. 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.

Does Bates plan to host its own vaccination clinic campus? 

The State of Maine is distributing vaccines solely through clinics and pharmacies. Based on our discussions with the Maine CDC, Bates does not expect to receive vaccine supply for a clinic on campus. We recommend that students, faculty, and staff explore the off-campus clinic options described above.

Why are vaccinated individuals being asked to follow the same public health protocols as unvaccinated individuals?

While we continue through the semester, it’s important to continue testing, masking, distancing, and keeping close contacts to a minimum, even for students, faculty, and staff who have been vaccinated. Here is why:

  • While greatly reduced, vaccinated individuals may still have some risk for contracting and transmitting COVID-19.
  • Researchers are continuing to learn more about the long-term efficacy of the vaccine.
  • A lot remains unknown about existing and future variants of the virus.

As a higher percentage of the global, U.S., and campus population becomes vaccinated, we will revisit campus public health policies in consultation with the Maine CDC and public health experts from the Mayo Clinic and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Based on local and national vaccination rates, it is highly unlikely that the college’s public health policies will change for the remainder of this academic year.