Governor Mills Expands COVID-19 Booster Eligibiilty to all Maine Adults


Governor Janet T. Mills (D), the First Woman Governor of Maine, at a Recent Press Conference on the Portland Waterfront.

Governor Janet T. Mills (D), the first women governor of Maine, announced today that effective immediately, all Maine adults age 18 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster shot, regardless of underlying medical condition.  Expanding booster eligibility will protect the health of Maine people, limit transmission of the deadly Delta variant and preserve our health care system’s capacity  now over-burdened because of a sustained surge of COVID-19 cases.   Because of the surge, particularly among,unvaccinated individuals, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention has determined that all Maine residents live or work in high-risk settings, justifying the expansion of booster eligibility.

“Vaccines are saving the lives of Maine people and keeping them from getting seriously ill from COVID-19,” said Governor Mills.  “With Maine and other New england states confronting a substantial surge and with cold weather sending people indoors, we want to simplify the Federal government’s complicated eligibility guidelines and make getting a booster shot as straightfoward and easy as possibe, whether its your third shot or your fist, getting the vaccine can save your life, it will keep your family working and its the only way to lift the burden off our doctors, nurses, CNAs, nursing homes and hospitals.  I urge all Maine people to get vaccinated as soon as possible.”