Governor Mills Requires Health Care Workers to be Fully Vaccinated by October 1


Governor Janet T. Mills, the First Woman Governor of Maine and its Former AG During the Last Administration, at a Press Conference This Afternoon in Augusta.

Governor Mills, the first women Governor of Maine, announced this afternoon that her Administration is requiring all Maine health care workers to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 by October 1, 2021.  The purpose is to protect the health and lives of Maine people, safeguard Maine’s health care capacity and limit the spread of the virus.

This policy is driven by the recent increase in the number of new cases of the virus over the past several days caused by the very contagious Delta virus.  The Governor said that although 80.3% of hospital health care workers are vaccinated, and that 73.% of nursing home health care workers are vaccinated this policy was necessary:  “We must do better.”

Health care workers are defined as including any individual employed by a hospital, multi-level health care facility, home health agency, nursing facility, residential care facility and intermediate care facility for individuals with intellectual disabilities that is licensed by the State of Maine.  The Emergency Rule that is now in place also requires those employed by emergency medical service organizations or dental practices to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

With this move, Maine becomes one of the most aggressive states in the nation in requiring vaccination of health care workers, both in terms of the scope of health care workers and timeframe for vaccination.

COVID-19 vaccinations are available at no charge at sites across the State.  For information on these opportunities, please call 1 – 888-445-4111.

Please see post herein dated August 10, 2021 for more background information on Maine’s leading role in the nation on vaccination rate among its residents.