New cases of COVID-19, particularly among younger Maine residents rises.


Much like other U.S. governors, Governor Mills has led the state’s pandemic response by using emergency powers to make unilateral decisions about business and gathering restrictions, mask-wearing, and vaccination prioritization.


Governor Mills has made updates to Maine’s evolving vaccination program. The Mills Administration changed to age-based prioritization but has since accelerated eligibility three times in the past few months. Governor Janet Mills is accelerating her administration’s vaccination drive as it as a surge in weeks. The Mills Administration is now allowing COVID vaccinations for all people ages 16 and older.


Mills’ decision coincides with another surge in COVID cases that is particularly among younger residents. In March, Mainers under age 30 accounted for about 34% of all new cases, according to Maine CDC data. The same age group drove high case counts this week.


Maine is averaging nearly 16,000 doses administered each day; 43% of those eligible have received a first dose, while 30% have had their final dose. The state ranks fourth in the country in vaccination rates when adjusting for population, according to a Bloomberg News tracking page.


Additionally, falling infection rates among age groups that had previously been at the front of the vaccine line suggests the Mills administration could benefit from the early opening for people ages 16 and older. If vaccine supply and vaccination rates continue to swell, the state could begin to level COVID infections among the younger residents that are currently driving up case counts.

Megan Diver

Megan has worked in Maine politics for more than ten years and all of her professional career, having served in many roles for elected officials (including former Secretary of State Charlie Summers), in-house with the Maine Association of REALTORS®, legislative specialist at Pierce Atwood LLP providing lobbying services and support to Pierce Atwood’s government relations clients and most recently senior government relations specialist at the Maine State Chamber of Commerce. Megan currently is the Vice President at the Maine Energy Marketers Association, utilizing her vast knowledge and legislative experience at the State House to represent MEMA on policies relating to the Association and its members.