Governor Janet Mills will update the COVID-19 vaccination schedule this afternoon, which may accelerate when young people under the age of 50 in Maine can schedule vaccinations. As of now, April 19 is a game that all adults can participate in, but the dose distribution in Maine has surged and will continue next week.
Mills will attend a media conference at 2 pm, along with Maine State Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew and Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Nirav Shah.
Maine reported 283 cases of COVID-19 for the second day in a row on Thursday, and the case exceeded 250 for the second day in a row. No one else died.
As vaccination efforts accelerate, Maine is experiencing an increase in the number of daily cases among people who are not eligible for vaccination.
The 7-day daily average of new cases has increased from 1
At the same time, 435,700 people in Maine received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, accounting for 32.4% of Maine’s 1.3 million population. In addition, 277,098 or 20.6% of the total population has received the final dose.
Among the 50 to 59-year-olds who started receiving immunizations on March 23, 71,217 or 37% of the 194,000 people in this age group received at least the first dose of the vaccine. For people over 60, 283,716 people, or 72% of 394,000 people in this age group, have received at least the first dose.
Maine is receiving a record 54790 doses of vaccine, and the vaccination schedule is expected to continue to accelerate next week, mainly due to the influx of large numbers of vaccines from Johnson & Johnson.
The National News reported on Wednesday that the Baltimore manufacturing plant had damaged 15 million doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine, but it would not affect supplies next week. According to the company’s statement, the manufacturer Emergent Biosolutions has not yet been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to produce a certain dose of drugs for Johnson & Johnson, and the damaged bath “never enters the filling and finishing stage of the manufacturing process.” .. “
Maine CDC spokesperson Robert Long said in a statement: “Our federal partners have confirmed that Maine will receive the full scheduled distribution of 20,600 doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine next week. Maine will accept. The dose of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine was not produced in the affected factory.”
The increased dose of vaccine allocated to Maine may shorten the timetable for vaccination for young people under the age of 50. Maine currently lags behind most states because it has expanded the eligibility for all adults to be vaccinated.
According to the Caesars Family Foundation Health Policy Research Center, 34 states and the District of Columbia have opened the eligibility for all adults, or plan to open this eligibility before April 19, when Maine’s 16-year-old Anyone can arrange vaccines.
John Porter, a spokesperson for Maine Health, the parent company of Maine Medical Center, said the appointments of Maine Health Care, including the Scarborough Downs mass vaccination site and other locations, will be filled next week, but they are prepared to increase dose.
Porter said: “In terms of expanding age qualifications, we are very confident that we can cope with any demand that comes with it.”
Currently, 74 people in Maine are hospitalized due to COVID-19, and 20 of them are in intensive care.
This story will be updated.
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