Maine is distributing the coronavirus vaccine as the virus continues to spread, though most Mainers are still months away from receiving theirs. The Bangor Daily News is tracking how many vaccines have been administered and other aspects of Maine’s rollout here.
Data on Maine’s vaccinations comes from the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, while data for other states is compiled by Bloomberg News. These charts are updated daily, or as new data are reported.
How many Mainers have been vaccinated?
More than 200,000 Mainers have received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine after it was approved in mid-December, and tens of thousands have received a second dose. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines must be administered in two doses several weeks apart.
Maine has placed new orders for the vaccine about once a week; though the allocation the state receives is determined by the federal government. Maine’s allocation has increased steadily over the past few weeks, a trend that is expected to continue.
How does Maine compare to other states?
There is wide variation among states in terms of the speed of vaccine distribution, with Alaska and New Mexico leading the pack on a population-adjusted basis, according to data compiled by Bloomberg News, while Alabama, Tennessee and Texas lag.
Maine ranks relatively well compared to other states in terms of the speed of its vaccine distribution. Most of the states that have been the most efficient in their vaccine distribution are rural states with smaller populations.
Who is getting the vaccine in Maine right now?
State officials announced in late February that Maine would switch to an age-based prioritization system. The first phase of Maine’s rollout covered health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities, and later first responders and critical COVID-19 response personnel.
Maine extended vaccinations to residents aged 70 and up in mid-January. Beginning in March, the state will make younger groups eligible as vaccine availability continues to expand, but there will not be additional prioritization based on occupation or preexisting health conditions.