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 Week 9 Update
Maine Legislature: Public Hearings, Work Sessions, New Bills
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)
Nurse Practitioner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Belgrade Regional Health Center Seeks a Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine)

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Covid-19: Both Vaccinations Now Done and Done: Richard A. Evans MD

MMA Past-President, AMA Delegate, and current Maine State Representative, Rich Evans posted the following to his Facebook page this week. 

It is perfectly understandable that some, for a variety of reasons, may be reluctant to get vaccinated for Covid-19. Obviously our dark past as a nation, especially in regards to our history of systemic racism towards Blacks and other people of color, has played a strong part in this reluctance. Still others may have had adverse reactions from vaccines made using live viruses. 

Today however, we are in a different time and a different place. This time around, the coronavirus is calling the shots and knows no limits of gender, race, ethnicity, or nationality. Because of our nation’s past, we cannot afford to or allow any perception of misinformation or any erosion of trust between our citizens and our state and federal governments. 

The vaccines today are safe and effective and have undergone intense scrutiny and transparency for Emergency use Authorization and subsequent FDA approval. No shortcuts in the development of these vaccines has occurred. None of the vaccines in use today contain any live viruses. It is very important that we understand this, take it to heart, and do the right thing for ourselves, our families, and our friends. 

I follow and trust the science that led to the development of these vaccines. If I didn't, I guarantee that you would not see me in the picture below! Even after getting your vaccine, continue to mask up, as there still remains many unknowns on the road ahead, especially with emerging variants of this virus. As a result, it is imperative that we remain vigilant and informed. 

So, do your part, for yourself, for your family, your friends, and our communities. When it's your turn, get your vaccine with whichever vaccine is available, and stay safe! 

—Richard Evans, M.D. 

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