February 5, 2021

In This Issue
Community Physicians Continue Vaccine Distribution Talks With Maine CDC
AAFP Calls On Federal & State Governments to Prioritize Community Physicians in Vaccine Rollout
AMA Templates & Assistance Responding to COVID Vaccine Calls
US CDC Resources: How Clinicians Can Build Confidence in COVID-19 Vaccines
Coronavirus Variants - What They Mean (JAMA Network)
COVID-19 Pandemic and the Lives of Surgical Residents, Fellows, and Early-Career Surgeons
Johnson & Johnson Seeks EUA Support of its COVID-19 Vaccine
Next MMA Legislative Call Will Be Wednesday, February 10th
CDC: Greater Risk for LGBT Community of Experiencing Severe COVID-19 Symptoms
Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership’s Renowned Physician Executive Leadership Institute – The Advanced Course Enrollment is OPEN
PPE Available Through the MMA & ActionPPE
A Message from Maine Responds: Volunteer Opportunity
President Biden & Congress Attempting to Craft New COVID Relief Bill
Maine Legislature: Updated Hearings & Work Sessions on MMA Bills of Interest
Maine Legislature: Bills Introduced
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
Maine CDC Physicians To Host Regular Clinician COVID Vaccine Info Sessions
Suicide Prevention and Management in Healthcare Practice Settings: A Comprehensive Evidence-Based Approach
MOA VIRTUAL Midwinter Symposium - February 12th-14th
Maine CDC Annual Prevention Professionals Conference - March 2nd-3rd
AAP EQIPP Course: Immunizations - Strategies for Success (for RURAL Health Providers)
Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine)
Nursing Director
Medical Director - Bucksport Regional Health Center
Rangeley Family Medicine seeks Physician

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Community Physicians Continue Vaccine Distribution Talks With Maine CDC

Maine is readying for its ninth week of COVID-19 vaccine deliveries, expecting first doses of COVID-19 vaccine for 21,475 people from the federal government. MMA leadership is continuing efforts to advocate for smaller community physician practices to be allocated doses, like those now being delivered to hospitals, independent pharmacies, ambulance companies, fire departments, and other outpatient locations, including InterMed, Martin’s Point, and community health centers.

Twenty-nine locations included in the state’s delivery plan next week are receiving only 100 doses. With the rapidly changing nature and practice challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, we know not having access to vaccines for your patients continues to be concerning and the MMA wants to assure members that we are continuing to engage Maine CDC to soon include community physicians to receive and administer COVID-19 vaccines to specific groups in accordance with the federal and state guidelines.

We have heard from many of you that patients are flooding medical practice phone lines asking why their doctors cannot vaccinate them. We will carry on with your messages describing your ability, capacity, and most importantly, years of experience with immunizations. Not to mention, how medical practices have the detailed records needed—whether it be age, preexisting conditions, or other risk factors to determine and confirm eligibility under U.S. CDC recommended vaccination guidelines.  

Community physicians have already established trust with patients, and therefore provide a critical voice toward vaccine compliance with reports that more than one in four Americans say they are hesitant to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

The MMA’s commitment to provide members access to up-to-date news and information about the pandemic, including clinical guidance, emergency use authorizations for vaccine, along with federal and state vaccine distribution plans.

We are encouraging physician members to continue referring eligible patients to get vaccinated elsewhere for now through contact information listed on the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Sites in Maine webpage. To see what Mainers are currently eligible to receive the vaccine, please refer to the latest Maine CDC guidance. For more information on the benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine, click here.

Important Note: We continue to hear from members who may still be experiencing difficulties receiving vaccinations as health care workers under Phase 1a. Maine CDC has assured us that a priority focus is ensuring the completion of Phase 1a immunizations. If you are, or if you know of a colleague or practice, still seeking a vaccine(s) please reach out directly to MMA Director of Communications and Government Affairs, Dan Morin by email, or by phone at (207)-480-4199.




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