Maine to continue pop-up COVID-19 shot clinics this summer
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine health officials said the state is going to continue its pop-up coronavirus vaccination clinics through the summer.
Maine has one of the highest COVID-19 vaccination rates in the country, and has used strategies such as free clinics and a now-closed mobile vaccine unit to get shots to people. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said pop-up clinics for people ages 12 and older are active all over the state and will be until at least late August.
Cary Medical Center is providing shots at some of Caribou’s “Thursdays on Sweden Street” event this month and next. Clinics are also scheduled for this week in Portland, Albion and Thorndike.
A clinic is scheduled for the China Town Office on July 24. They have also been held recently in Rockland and Norridgewock.
“These vaccines have shown themselves to be not just effective, but safe,” Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said in a video posted by the agency.
More than 67% of Maine’s eligible population is fully vaccinated against coronavirus.
In other pandemic news in Maine:
New daily cases of the coronavirus continued to dwindle in Maine.
The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Maine fell over the past two weeks, from 21.57 new cases per day on June 26 to 14.14 new cases per day on July 10. The seven-day rolling average of daily deaths in Maine fell over the past two weeks from 0.57 deaths per day on June 26 to 0.29 deaths per day on July 10.
The AP is using data collected by Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering to measure outbreak caseloads and deaths across the United States.
Maine CDC reported on Monday that there have been more than 69,000 cases of the virus in the state since the start of the pandemic. The state has also been the site of 862 deaths.