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June 19 - June 26

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Registration open for MMA’s 168th Annual Membership Meeting (Sep 10-12)
FDA to revise vaccine fact sheets on increased risk of myocarditis
MaineCare announces continuation of policies upon end of Civil Emergency
Maine Secretary of State seeking physician volunteers
Maine DHHS announces free text alert program to prevent overdose deaths
Associated Press: Nearly all COVID deaths in US are now among unvaccinated
AAMC Report Reinforces Mounting Physician Shortage
#VaccinateME - Maine Community Action Partnership: #GiveitaSHAHT!
Top JAMA and JAMA Network articles
MMA Mary Cushman, MD Award for Humanitarian Service
MAINE LEGISLATURE
Legislative Advocacy Update: Maine Legislature returns this week
Federal Government Affairs
Federal Advocacy Scan: Infrastructure spending bill caught up in political fight
UPCOMING EVENTS
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
AAP EQIPP Course: Immunizations - Strategies for Success (for RURAL Health Providers)
SUPPORT for ME Training and Technical Assistance Initiative
Working with Children & Adolescents? Maine Pediatric & Behavioral Health Partnership (MPBHP) Webinar Series (July thru December 2nd Wednesday of month)
Register Now: Governor Mills’ 3rd Annual Opioid Response Summit on July 15th
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) - Strong Area Health Center
Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) - Richmond Area Health Center
Contract Clinical Advisor - Healthcare Coalition of Maine
Medical Director
Pediatrician

 
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Associated Press: Nearly all COVID deaths in US are now among unvaccinated

Nearly all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. now are in people who weren’t vaccinated, a staggering demonstration of how effective the shots have been and an indication that deaths per day — now down to under 300 — could be practically zero if everyone eligible got the vaccine.—full story

Summary

·       “Breakthrough” infections in fully vaccinated people accounted for fewer than 1,200 of more than 853,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations. That’s about 0.1%.

·       And only about 150 of the more than 18,000 COVID-19 deaths in May were in fully vaccinated people. That translates to about 0.8%, or five deaths per day on average.

·       Deaths in the U.S. have plummeted from a peak of more than 3,400 day on average in mid-January, one month into the vaccination drive.

·       About 63% of all vaccine-eligible Americans — those 12 and older — have received at least one dose, and 53% are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.

·       In Arkansas, which has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the nation, with only about 33% of the population fully protected, cases, hospitalizations and deaths are rising.

·       In the St. Louis area, more than 90% of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 have not been vaccinated.

Other COVID-19 News:

FDA: FDA Authorizes Drug for Treatment of COVID-19 - Drug Information Update

The Hill: Americans put the most trust in their doctor for COVID-19 information

Politico: Million-dollar lotteries fail to cut through vaccine apathy

NBC News: Benefits of COVID-19 vaccination outweigh risks of heart inflammation in young people

US CDC: Clinical Considerations: Myocarditis and Pericarditis after Receipt of mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines Among Adolescents and Young Adults

 

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