Maine Medicine Weekly Update - April 16, 2021  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  Maine Medical Association Statement on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Pause
•  FDA Update & Statement on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Pause Recommendation
•  Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia & J&J COVID Vaccine Response from the Manufacturer
•  Over 30 Percent of US Adults Fully Vaccinated, Maine Leads the Nation
•  Maine CDC COVID-19 Update for Clinicians with Stephen Sears, MD
•  Clinical Updates and Guidance Related to COVID-19
•  Medicare FFS Claims: 2% Payment Adjustment (Sequestration) Suspended Through December
•  MaineCare Updates: Upcoming Accountable Communities Public Webinar & Primary Care 2.0 Presentation Available Online
•  HealthCare Dive: Urgent Care Centers Draw Some ER Visits but Associated with Higher Spending Overall
•  Webinar for Medical Students April 22: So You Are Employed, Now What?
•  Next MMA Legislative Call Will Be Wednesday, April 21st
•  Maine Community Action Partnership is Working for a Successful Vaccine Roll Out for All
•  Maine Medical Association & ActionPPE Partner Again; This Time for FDA Approved Rapid Antigen Tests
•  A Message from Maine Responds: Volunteer Opportunity
MAINE LEGISLATURE
•  Maine Legislature Week 14 Update
•  Maine Legislature Public Hearings, Work Sessions & New Bills
UPCOMING EVENTS
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  Maine CDC Physicians To Host Regular Clinician COVID Vaccine Info Sessions
•  "Prescribing to Reduce Opioid Overdose Risk: How to Impact the Epidemic Within the Pandemic"
•  NAMI Maine Workshops in May & June: Suicide Prevention & Management for Clinical Staff
•  AAP EQIPP Course: Immunizations - Strategies for Success (for RURAL Health Providers)
•  New Maine AAP Educational Webinar Series
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
•  Nurse Practitioner
•  Executive Director
•  Medical Director - ME License Required
•  Practice Administrator
•  Physician
•  Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

 

Over 30 Percent of US Adults Fully Vaccinated, Maine Leads the Nation

As of reports released midday Friday, more than 30 percent of U.S. adults are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and nearly half of the U.S. adult population has received at least one dose, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 

As of reports released midday Friday, more than 30 percent of U.S. adults are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and nearly half of the U.S. adult population has received at least one dose, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Roughly 78 million Americans ages 18 years and older have been fully vaccinated, representing 30.3 percent of the population of that age group, according to the data. Nearly 125 million adults have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, representing 48.3 percent of the adult population. 

US public health experts are seeking between 70 percent and 85 percent of the population to be vaccinated to reach herd immunity. To get there, 3 million vaccine doses per day on average would have to be administered. The threshold could be reached in June under the current pace, which is of course supply dependent. 

According to the Portland Press Herald, also on Friday, Maine leads nation in COVID-19 vaccination rate. About 31 percent of Mainers are fully vaccinated, but state leaders are concerned about currently but high infection rates and rising hospitalizations. New cases of COVID-19 topped 500 for the fourth day in a row on Friday, with Maine CDC reporting 572 cases and five additional deaths.