Maine Medicine Weekly Update - June 19 - June 26  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  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

 

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.

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