PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Every resident of the state of Maine who is at least 16 years old is now eligible for a coronavirus vaccination.
States around the country are expanding eligibility for the shots as supply increases. Maine expanded eligibility to all adults and all 16- and 17-year-old residents on Wednesday.
Supply of the vaccine remains limited, and the state and health care providers are using advanced scheduling and registration to get as many people booked for a vaccine as possible.
The state previously rolled out vaccines to everyone age 50 and older. Front-line healthcare workers and teachers have also received priority for a shot.
The coronavirus has killed more than 700 people in Maine.
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As vaccine appointments have become available, some residents have double booked appointments in Maine and other states. Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Nirav Shah said Tuesday that residents who have double booked should cancel the appointment they don't plan to use.
Double booking sometimes happens when a resident books an appointment but then finds another with a more convenient time or location. Swiftly canceling the less convenient appointment will help open up slots for other people, he said.
“Do the right thing - cancel out the other one so someone else can have a chance to grab it,” Shah said.