AUGUSTA –– Two out of every three Mainers age 50 and above have now gotten all of their COVID-19 vaccines.
That’s according to Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
He said at the same time, only one in five Mainers in their 20s, 30s and 40s have gotten all of their vaccines.
Shah said Thursday that those numbers are concerning because COVID-19 is spreading rapidly among younger people in Maine.
Two people in their 20s in Maine have died from the illness in the last week but Shah said the reasons for getting a vaccine go beyond the number of deaths.
“If you get COVID you may have to be out of work for a long period of time, away from school for a long period of time, away from your friends, away from your family for a long period of time,” he said.
“A lot of people have long-term symptoms related to COVID, symptoms that can last weeks, months where they are still not feeling quite right, and if you do avoid all those things what about the people in your life that are vulnerable?” he said.
Shah said state health officials are doing all they can to make it easier for people to get a COVID-19 vaccine. He said many locations are offering walk-in and evening hours.
The Maine CDC’s mobile unit will be at the Fryeburg Fairgrounds to give vaccines on Friday. No appointments are necessary.