Of the 1.18 million Mainers eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, 64.53% received a final dose on Saturday. Meanwhile, state and federal authorities have shut down mass vaccination programs through the Portland Expo and FEMA Mobile Vaccination Clinic, switching to a vaccine lottery with cash prizes instead, in hopes of maintaining Requirement.
Cumulative COVID-19 cases in Maine rose to 68,794 on Saturday. Of these, 50,308 have been confirmed by testing and 18,486 are considered probable cases of COVID-19. The seven-day average of daily new cases was 36.3 cases, while the 14-day average was 45.7 cases.
Eight hundred and fifty-four people have died from COVID-19 in Maine since the start of the pandemic.
Governor Janet Mills announced the vaccine lottery last week, titled “Don’t Miss Your Shot: Vaccinationland Sweepstakes,” and within 24 hours more than 100,000 people had signed up for a chance to win up to $ 1 million.
The size of the prize depends on the number of people vaccinated before July 4. Only one winner will win the prize pool on Independence Day.
Residents 12 years of age and older who have received at least one dose of Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccine since December 15, 2020, can enter by visiting maine.gov/covid19/vaccines or calling 888-445-4111.
Participants must register using an email address by 11:59 p.m. on June 30.
As of Saturday morning, Maine had given 764,171 people the last dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Of those 12 years of age and older, the population currently eligible for vaccination, 64.53 percent are now fully vaccinated.
Other states have tried similar incentives to maintain vaccine doses. In Ohio, state officials reported a 28% increase in vaccinations over the weekend after the state’s “Vax-A-Million” raffle was announced in May. The lottery offered five million dollar prizes to vaccinated participants over the age of 18, as well as scholarships for children ages 12 to 17.
Maine’s vaccination rate has slowed slightly, and public health officials warn that many people currently hospitalized with severe cases of COVID-19 are not being vaccinated. On Thursday, Dr Nirav Shah, director of the Maine CDC, said 23 of 27 COVID-19 patients in state hospitals were not vaccinated.
County by county on Saturday, there had been 8,380 coronavirus cases in Androscoggin, 1,895 in Aroostook, 17,221 in Cumberland, 1,377 in Franklin, 1,371 in Hancock, 6,589 in Kennebec, 1,145 in Knox, 1,078 in Lincoln, 3,634 in Oxford, 6,314 in Penobscot, 580 in Piscataquis, 1,473 in Sagadahoc, 2,277 in Somerset, 1,049 in Waldo, 936 in Washington and 13,472 in York.
By age, 18.9 percent of patients were under 20, while 18.3 percent were in their twenties, 15.2 percent in their thirties, 13.4 percent in their forties, 14.5 percent one hundred in their fifties, 10.2 percent in their sixties, 5.3 percent in their 70s, and 4.2 percent were 80 or older.
Maine hospitals were welcoming 30 patients with COVID-19 on Saturday, 15 of whom were in intensive care and six on ventilators. The state had 85 intensive care unit beds out of a total of 373 and 230 ventilators out of 319. There were also 451 reciprocating ventilators.
Globally on Saturday morning, there were 177.8 million known cases of COVID-19 and 3.85 million deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. The United States has recorded 33.5 million cases and more than 601,000 deaths.
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