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COVID-19 vaccine mandate for Maine health care workers announced

Gov. Janet Mills announced Thursday a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for state health professionals. Healthcare professionals have until October 1st to be fully vaccinated. “With this requirement, we are protecting healthcare workers. We are protecting their patients, including our most vulnerable people, and we are protecting our healthcare capabilities,” Mills said. a hospital, a multi-level health facility, a home health agency, a nursing facility, a nursing facility or an intermediate institution for persons with developmental disabilities licensed by the State. The emergency rule also requires that those employed in emergency medical care organizations or dental practices be vaccinated against COVID-19. No new state of emergency was required to issue the mandate. Mills said the state has the authority to issue it under an existing law requiring vaccines, such as measles, mumps and rubella and influenza, for health professionals. Only medical exceptions will be allowed. Moller said even though 80% of Maine adults are fully vaccinated, more can be done. Nurses and workers at home limp, with a vaccination rate of 70%. One-third of the 93 care facilities in Maine had already decided to issue a vaccination mandate to employees. “You and your family have every right to expect that everyone who cares for you in that institution, in this facility, is fully vaccinated, not only against mumps and measles and influenza and chickenpox, but against this deadly, deadly virus,” said Mills. The Maine Hospital Association, the Maine Medical Association and the Maine Health Care Association, as well as other health authorities and organizations, expressed support for the mandate. Nurses are also on board with the requirement, but have asked for religious exceptions. Republicans in Maine said a vaccination mandate should come from employers and not from the government. The governor’s announcement was expected. A spokeswoman for the governor said earlier this week that Mills was strongly considering the mandate. Maine has seen a steady increase in COVID-19 cases over the past month. The average of seven days for new daily cases was 161.4 from Thursday compared to 27.6 a month ago. The more infectious delta variant accounted for 86% of the positive COVID-19 samples sequenced in July. The state’s largest health providers, MaineHealth and Northern Light Health, have previously announced vaccination mandates for their employees. given employees until October 1 to be vaccinated against the virus. Northern Light gives employees two weeks to be vaccinated, from when the FDA gives the vaccines full approval. MaineHealth and Northern Light said they will allow religious and medical exemptions. Employees with approved exceptions should be tested for COVID-19 twice a week until the pandemic is over.

Gov. Janet Mills announced Thursday a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for state health workers.

Healthcare professionals have until October 1st to be fully vaccinated.

“With this requirement, we are protecting healthcare professionals. We are protecting their patients, including our most vulnerable people, and we are protecting our healthcare capabilities,” Mills said.

Mills said health professionals include any person employed in a hospital, a multi-level health facility, a home health agency, a nursing facility, a nursing facility, or an intermediate institution for persons with intellectual disabilities licensed by the state.

The emergency rule also requires that those employed in emergency medical care organizations or dental practices be vaccinated against COVID-19.

No new state of emergency was required to issue the mandate. Mills said the state has the authority to issue it under an existing law that requires vaccines, such as measles, mumps and rubella and influenza, for health professionals. Only medical exceptions are allowed.

Mills said even though 80% of Maine adults are fully vaccinated, more can be done. Nurses and domestic workers are lagging behind with a vaccination rate of 70%.

One-third of the 93 care facilities in Maine had already decided to issue a vaccination mandate to employees.

“You and your family have every right to expect that everyone who cares for you in the institution, at this facility, is fully vaccinated, not only against mumps and measles and influenza and chickenpox, but against this deadly, deadly virus,” says Mills said.

The Maine Hospital Association, the Maine Medical Association and the Maine Health Care Association, as well as other health care organizations and organizations, expressed support for the mandate.

Nurses are also on board with the requirement, but have asked for religious exceptions. Republicans in Maine said a vaccination mandate should come from employers and not from the government.

The governor’s announcement was expected. A spokeswoman for the governor said earlier this week that Mills was seriously considering the mandate.

Maine has seen a steady increase in COVID-19 cases over the past month.

The seven-day average for new daily cases was 161.4 from Thursday against 27.6 a month ago.

The more contagious delta variant accounted for 86% of the positive COVID-19 samples sequenced in July.

The state’s largest health providers, MaineHealth and Northern Light Health, have previously announced vaccination mandates for their employees.

MaineHealth has given employees until October 1 to be vaccinated against the virus.

Northern Light gives employees two weeks to be vaccinated from when the FDA gives the vaccines full approval.

MaineHealth and Northern Light said they will allow religious and medical exemptions. Employees with approved exceptions should be tested for COVID-19 twice a week until the pandemic is over.

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