February 19, 2021

In This Issue
Urge Your State Legislators To Oppose The Elimination of Training for Nurse Practitioners
Maine DHHS Releases “Community Based Collaboration” Vaccine Request Form
Bangor Daily News: “Maine Docs Remind Parents to Catch Up Kids On Shots Amid Pandemic”
Maine PMP to Stay with Appriss System
Medscape: Volunteer Vaccinators Run into Hurdles
CMS Special Enrollment Period for Marketplace Coverage 2021
AMA: This Week’s Top Articles from JAMA Network
AMA: Which Factors Do Applicants Weigh Most When Picking Residency Programs?
York Hospital Announces Appointment of Patrick A. Taylor, MD, MBA, as President and CEO
Next MMA Legislative Call Will Be Wednesday, February 24th
Next Maine CDC COVID-19 Update for Clinicians with Stephen Sears, MD scheduled for Feb 25
FDA Health Equity and COVID-19 Webinar on 2/25 at 6:00 p.m. EST
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
Maine Legislature Week 6 Update
Upcoming Public Hearings & Work Sessions
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
Maine CDC Annual Prevention Professionals Conference - March 2nd-3rd
AAP EQIPP Course: Immunizations - Strategies for Success (for RURAL Health Providers)
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Medical Director - Bucksport Regional Health Center
Rangeley Family Medicine seeks Physician

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Medscape: Volunteer Vaccinators Run into Hurdles

Many healthcare workers who try to volunteer as vaccinators are running into an ad hoc system just as chaotic as the rollout of the vaccines. Without a streamlined, national system, the rules for eligibility aren't always easy to find and often vary from state to state. 

Many would-be vaccinators are told they need to buy medical liability insurance, and many states require background checks. Both the CARES Act and the PREP Act have eased the path for volunteers, but their impact is muted by lack of communication and understanding of the modifications, such as protection from liability. Even when there is a national volunteer system, such as the Medical Reserve Corps, not all states participate to the same extent. The stakes are high for getting it right: Volunteers will be increasingly crucial to staffing vaccination sites, especially as more Americans become eligible for the shots and mass, stadium-style sites become more prevalent. 

"We need to make sure...that we have commissioned health corps, medical military, retirees, medical students, and nursing students just about to graduate, dentists, and veterinarians in order to be out there to vaccinate the public," Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky said. In the meantime, there is little cohesion among states. In New York, podiatrists, dentists, and pharmacy students are giving shots. In Colorado, chiropractors and optometrists are allowed to sign up. A survey of state immunization managers shows that the only settings all states plan to tap for volunteers are medical, pharmacy, and nursing schools. 

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