Pre-exposure rabies prophylaxis is administered for several reasons. First, although pre-exposure vaccination does not eliminate the need for additional medical evaluation after a rabies exposure, it simplifies management by eliminating the need for rabies immune globulin and decreasing the number of doses of vaccine needed. This is particularly important for persons at high risk for being exposed to rabies in areas where modern immunizing products might not be available or where cruder, less safe biologics might be used, placing the exposed person at increased risk for adverse events. Second, pre-exposure prophylaxis might offer partial immunity to persons whose postexposure prophylaxis is delayed. Finally, pre-exposure prophylaxis might provide some protection to persons at risk for unrecognized exposures to rabies.

The MVMA is offering a low dose, off-label rabies vaccine to members and staff as a more affordable option for pre exposure vaccines. The rabies vaccine will be offered in a 3 shot series at 0.1mL intradermally. Low dose intradermal injections of rabies are suggested currently by the WHO for pre-exposure as an alternative to the intramuscular injections. Please see the dosage guidelines for pre-exposure vaccines from the WHO here (page iiii). You may also find additional information about the low dose protocol in the CDC article, “Perspectives: Intradermal Rabies Preexposure Immunization.” 

Mari Sawai, ND will be administering all vaccines. The MVMA is partnering with Dr. Sawai to offer this low dosage vaccines series due to most insurance companies in the state not covering pre-exposure vaccines for veterinarians and veterinary staff. If you know that you have a poor immune response or you are immune compromised or if you have questions about whether the low dose vaccine is appropriate for you, you should contact your PCP. This is offered to MVMA members and their staff only at this time (see "Eligibility" below).

In order to ensure that you have adequate immune response to the low dose vaccine, you should have your rabies titer checked after vaccination. If you receive the low-dose vaccine and do not have your titer checked, in the event that you are exposed to a rabid animal, Maine CDC will likely recommend the full rabies post-exposure prophylaxis

On the form at the end of this page you can register for both the vaccine and the titer. If you plan to get the titer done elsewhere, please contact Katherine Soverel ([email protected]) so that she can refund you $55 for the titer.

If you wish to receive the full 1mL vaccine, please contact Katherine Soverel ([email protected] or 1-800-448-2772, ext. 1) for availability and pricing.


  • Booster and Titer: $285
  • Series and Titer: $485
  • Titer only: $135 (Registration for titers only will open in October)

AVMA LIFE members may be eligible for reimbursement. Complete this form and send with your receipt to apply.


For those who have never received the vaccine, you must register for all three dates. Boosters will also be offered on each date for those who have received the series before. Please use the form at the end of this page to register for either the series or the booster.

Vaccine (Series and Boosters)

  • September 6, 2024 2-3pm
  • September 13, 2024 2-3pm
  • September 27, 2024 2-3pm

Titer Blood Draw

  • December 6, 2024 2pm-4pm

Those interested in received the rabies titer ONLY will be able to register in October.

Note: CDC recommends that people should not receive the per-exposure rabies vaccine within two weeks of the covid vaccine.

Once a vial of the vaccine is opened, it must be used, which means that it is important that everyone shows up at their given time slot. It also means that there will be no refunds and no flexibility to reschedule once you are registered. 

If you are unable to register on the form that means that it is sold out. Please select the appropriate wait list option on the form. If we receive sufficient interest, we will be able to offer additional slots. If more slots are made available, Katherine Soverel will notify all members so that anyone interested may sign up.


Clinics will be held at Maine Comprehensive Health Institute, 143 Silver St UNIT 1, Waterville, ME 04901

Click here to register for vaccine and titer