St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal file photo

LEWISTON — St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center will begin making COVID-19 vaccine appointments Monday for people ages 60 and older, spokesman Stephen Costello said Wednesday.

The vaccinations will be given at the hospital. People ages 60 and older can preregister on the hospital’s webpage.

When an appointment is available, he said, “We will call them to register them for an actual appointment.”

“As long as we get supplies, we will continue to put vaccines in people’s arms, both patients and nonpatients,” Costello said.

The hospital will also offer shots to those ages 60 and older who are low-income, lack transportation or are housebound.

“We’re going to be holding clinics for them in the downtown area,” Costello said. “We’ve already held a couple of clinics at the B Street Center. We will hold them there or in another location.”

Lack of supplies has limited the number of days St. Mary’s clinics have been held. For instance, this week only one clinic was held, and so far they’ve been only for those 70 and up. Costello expects that will change with more shots.

“The new (Johnson & Johnson) vaccinations will make it a lot easier to get vaccinations out, particularly with the one dose,” he said. “It is a game changer.”

Central Maine Medical Center officials said Tuesday that they are not taking preregistrations for vaccine appointments, but as it gets closer to the March 17 opening date for the mass vaccination clinic at the Auburn Mall, people will be able to schedule online appointments.

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