Covid-19 cases have declined over the past two weeks, however hospitalizations from Covid-19 have increased by 24% over the same time period, and caution is urged, especially for those who have not been vaccinated

October 31, 2021 7-day metrics
Cases: 2,802 Total cases: 104,259
% Positivity: 5.45%

Deaths: 43 Total deaths: 1167
% Eligible Population Fully Vaccinated: 71.77%
Total Hospitalizations: 209
ICU: 74 ICU beds available: 41 of 336
On a ventilator: 39

The Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 has received final approval for children ages 5 through 11 years, and children have already begun receiving the vaccine. The data shows that the Pfizer vaccine is 90.7% effective at preventing symptomatic Covid-19 in this age group.

National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle P. Walensky, M.D., M.P.H., said in a news release,“Together, with science leading the charge, we have taken another important step forward in our nation’s fight against the virus that causes COVID-19. We know millions of parents are eager to get their children vaccinated, and with this decision, we now have recommended that about 28 million children receive a COVID-19 vaccine.”

Maine is moving forward with making the vaccines available to this age group. The Maine CDC is working with providers to ensure that the vaccines will be available at pharmacies, emergency clinics, and schools equitably, quickly, and widely throughout the state.

Vaccine administration is up in Maine, with first doses up 25 % in the past two weeks, from 588 doses to 738. Second doses, which include single doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, increased by 120%, from 180 doses to 2600. Booster shots decreased by 14%, going down to 1850 doses from 2130. Booster shots account for about 35% of all vaccines administered daily, which means that 65% of daily vaccines doses are primary Covid-19 vaccinations, which is up from 50% in the past two weeks.

In the past week, the highest vaccination rates have been in rural areas for individuals in their teens through their forties. The largest increase occurred in the 50+ age group, going up by 4.4% in the past week. The age groups below this, in the teens through forties, only went up by 0.5%.