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March 12, 2021

In This Issue
The Year a Global Pandemic Changed Our Lives; Thank You Maine Physicians
APRN Training & Supervision: “Laws are Like Sausages. Better Not to See Them Being Made”
Governor Amends Vaccination Timeline; All Adults Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine by May 1
Covid-19: Both Vaccinations Now Done and Done: Richard A. Evans MD
Maine DHHS: Strategies for Addressing Disparate Impacts of COVID-19
US FDA: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: March 12, 2021
Abyde joins with Maine Medical Association as a new Corporate Affiliate
Next MMA Legislative Call Will Be Wednesday, March 17th
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
Maine Legislature Week 9 Update
Maine Legislature: Public Hearings, Work Sessions, New Bills
UPCOMING EVENTS
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
Maine Lung Cancer Coalition Webinar March 24, 2021
Maine CDC Physicians To Host Regular Clinician COVID Vaccine Info Sessions
Suicide Prevention and Management in Healthcare Practice Settings: A Comprehensive Evidence-Based Approach
AAP EQIPP Course: Immunizations - Strategies for Success (for RURAL Health Providers)
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Nurse Practitioner
Physician
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Belgrade Regional Health Center Seeks a Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine)

 
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Governor Amends Vaccination Timeline; All Adults Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine by May 1

Governor Janet Mills announced a change this week in Maine’s vaccination plan to make all Maine adults eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine by May 1, in line with a federal directive. During a Thursday address to the nation, President Joe Biden said he would be directing all states to make all American adults eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine by May 1. 

Governor Mills announced an age-based vaccination approach two weeks ago, and following the President’s directive, the planned vaccine schedule is now as follows: 

· March 3: Age 60 and older 

· April 1: Age 50 and older 

· May 1: All adults 

As the supply of vaccines increases in Maine, it is our hope that Maine DHHS and Maine CDC will soon to include community physicians in its COVID-19 vaccination plans. The MMA Executive Committee and staff plan to meet soon with state leaders. 

Medical practices have the detailed records needed—whether it be age, preexisting conditions, or other risk factors as well as already established trust with patients. 

We are encouraging patients to continue trying to get vaccinated elsewhere for now, however, without community physicians working alongside current plans, high-risk patients will be left behind. The revised state guidelines direct any remaining or newly employed eligible Health Care Personnel to seek vaccination at one of the more than 60 provider-based vaccination sites listed on the Gov’s website. 

Age-eligible Maine residents are encouraged to make an appointment at a local vaccination site as soon as possible. Maine residents age 60 and over are now eligible for vaccination.  Find a vaccination site now. 

The Maine COVID-19 Community Vaccination Line helps Maine people get information about vaccine clinics. 

Community Vaccination Line: 1-888-445-4111; Monday -Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., or Saturday-Sunday: 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. 

For more information about updates to Maine’s COVID vaccination plan, please check for updates on the Governor’s COVID vaccine webpage

Additional Vaccine Resources: 

COVID-19 Vaccines 

Emergency Use Authorization for Vaccines Explained 

Emergency Use Authorization for Vaccines to Prevent COVID-19; Guidance for Industry 

Development and Licensure of Vaccines to Prevent COVID-19; Guidance for Industry 

How Do COVID-19 Vaccines Compare

 

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