AUGUSTA- Maine CDC Director Nirav Shah released new information in Monday’s CDC briefing regarding the state’s plan for releasing the COVID-19 vaccine to the public.
He said it won’t be a federal push but something that is actually left up to the state.
“It is the case that the Trump Administration has given states a very high degree of discretion with respect to how they move vaccines within the states as well as with respect to who within states may receive that vaccine first,” Shah said.
He added the health care workers and other front line emergency response officials will have first access to the vaccine.
“What we’ve been told is that Maine will receive approximately 12,000 doses …..12,000 doses sufficient for roughly 6000 individuals of the Pfizer vaccine. We’re still waiting to hear what our allotment of the Moderna vaccine will be,” Shah said.
He did not name a date for when a vaccine will be released but he said that is something state officials will ultimately decide
“Vaccines are being manufactured in parallel as the approval process is undergoing and thus when that authorization occurs, if it occurs, that will be the day that final determinations of allocations will be made,” he said.