Maine’s Vaccination Milestone: 1 Million Vaccinated!
Earlier this month, Maine reached a major milestone in the fight against COVID-19. Over 1 million Mainers are now fully vaccinated, meaning our state has the fourth-highest vaccination rate in the country at 68 percent (including children under 12).
Addressing this major accomplishment, Governor Mills said, “I applaud the more than one million Maine people who have rolled up their sleeves to turn the tide on this pandemic. That such a significant number of folks have gotten vaccinated is a testament to the willingness of Maine people to step up and do what’s right for themselves, their neighbors, and their communities.”
While this is excellent news, we’re still not out of the woods where the coronavirus is concerned. Over 1,000 Mainers have lost their lives to COVID-19, and nearly 800 new cases were found on Wednesday alone. With a 7-day new case average of 393, we remain in the midst of a spike that cannot be ignored, particularly as the weather starts getting colder and more people move indoors.
The fact remains that the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones is to get vaccinated. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, vaccinations prevented over 800 cases and 100 deaths among Maine’s senior citizens between January and May. Wearing a mask is also important, regardless of vaccination status.
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