Health and employment experts discuss COVID-19 vaccinations at forum in central Maine

Health and employment experts discuss COVID-19 vaccinations at forum in central Maine

Participants at the Wednesday forum sponsored by the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce, Alfond Youth and other organizations in the region. Screenshot

Residents of central Maine had their questions about Coronavirus pandemic responded Wednesday in a virtual forum with regional health and employment experts.

Of the issues discussed, including testing, transmission rates, new strains of the disease, what hospitals are doing, and employment issues, above all, a COVID-19 vaccine doesn’t cost anything.

Steve Diaz, director of health for MaineGeneral Health. Courtesy photo

“The vaccine itself is free,” said Dr. James Jarvis, chief medical officer, Incident Command, Northern Light Health. “If you have insurance or if you have Medicare, then we would charge the insurance for the administration costs, but there is no charge to pay.”

According to The New York Times, 15.5% of the population of Maine received a dose of the vaccine. About 7% of the population has both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Maine is the state with the 11th highest percentage of residents with at least one dose of the vaccine.

The Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce organized the forum in…

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