Governor Janet Mills announced that Maine has reached another vaccination milestone, delivering at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine to more than 70 percent of Maine people eligible to receive a vaccine, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S. CDC) tracker. Maine has now given at least one shot of a vaccine to 70.5 percent of Maine people 12 and older.

President Biden set a July 4 goal of delivering at least one shot to 70 percent of adult (18+) Americans. Maine met that goal on May 12, 53 days ahead of July 4. With today’s achievement, Maine has again met that goal ahead of schedule, but now for a larger eligible population: people 12 years and older.

Currently, Maine is also the second best state in the nation in the percentage of residents who are fully vaccinated, according to the U.S. CDC. More than half (52.9 percent) of all Maine residents, including children who are not yet eligible for the vaccine, are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

On May 12, Governor Mills announced that 70 percent of Maine adults (18+) have received at least one shot of a COVID-19. That same day, the U.S. CDC voted to support the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorization for use of the Pfizer vaccine for youth 12 to 15 years old. Maine immediately expanded eligibility to that age group and, two weeks later, has delivered at least one shot of a vaccine to more than one-third of these youth.

In addition to Maine, five other states — Vermont, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Connecticut — have delivered at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine to more than 70 percent of their populations age 12 and older, according to the U.S. CDC.

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.