STATEWIDE — With COVID-19 outbreaks at two Maine hospitals, a spokesperson for Gov. Janet Mills said the governor is “seriously considering” a vaccine mandate for all healthcare workers.
“It is crucial that healthcare workers and all eligible Maine people be vaccinated. Healthcare workers perform a critical role in protecting the health of Maine people and should take every precaution against this dangerous virus, especially given the highly transmissible Delta variant,” spokesperson Lindsay Crete said in a statement.
“The governor is discussing that possibility with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and the Maine CDC and expects to make a final decision in the coming days,” she said.
Crete said requiring Maine’s healthcare workers to get vaccinated is supported by the Maine Hospital Association and American Medical Association.
Recently, the Maine CDC reported they were investigating outbreaks at Waldo County General Hospital and Maine Medical Center.
Maine Medical said the outbreak involved nine employees in its Emergency Department, including staff who were fully vaccinated.