High Acceptance Rates in Health Care Workers to Receive Vaccinations

January 28, 2021

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 High Acceptance Rates in Healthcare Workers to Receive VaccinationsA recent article published by Bangor Daily News titled, "Most Maine Healthcare Workers Are Getting the Vaccine, Even if They Don't Have To," reports that since the vaccine rollout began in mid-December, Maine has been one of the leading states to vaccinate its residents, with 2.5 percent of them getting their initial doses by Tuesday, January 5th. This makes Maine the fourth leading state in the country when it comes to vaccine distribution.

The biggest healthcare systems in Maine are reporting high acceptance rates among their staff. Although some have not been vaccinated due to scheduling, they have been taking the time to encourage education. Facility employees and residents in high-risk hospitals and long-term care hospitals were the first in line for the vaccine due to their close engagement with sick patients. Public health officials say healthcare workers must get vaccinated as quickly as possible to maintain the workforce needed to provide care for sick patients as coronavirus cases continue to rise in Maine.

On Monday, January 4th, Nirav Shah, the Director of the Maine Center Disease for Control and Prevention, reported that they saw an acceptance rate amount of hospital workers to receive the vaccine between 70 and 90 percent. Though, we still won't see the accurate percentage until vaccinations for the priority group are complete. Shah added that not every hospital can or should vaccinate their entire staff.

Northern Light Health, based here in Bangor, has offered vaccines to 6,500 out of their 11,000 employees who are eligible to get the vaccine in the first group. While most have accepted so far, 11 percent of them have declined for the time being due to schedule constraints, according to Senior Vice President at Eastern Maine Medical Center, James Jarvis.

For more information on the article, make sure you click here or with the link provided above: Most Maine Health Care Workers Are Getting the Vaccine, Even if They Don't Have To.


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