The Maine Department of Health and Human Services and the Maine Department of Education recently published estimated COVID-19 vaccination rates for youth ages 12 to 18 by school administrative unit to help school communities make decisions for the school year and guide efforts to increase vaccination rates.

The estimated rates are based on the count of youth vaccinated in each ZIP code as reported to the Maine CDC on people of all ages who have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. A map displays the estimated rates by range, with corresponding colors from high to low. The youth vaccination rates will be updated about every two weeks. They are only estimates, given the different data sources and their limitations.

The map is available at maine.gov/covid19/vaccines/dashboard.

Maine DHHS will also collect staff vaccination rates from schools monthly starting on September 1 and will publicly post those rates mid-month in a format similar to that of the?Maine Health Care Worker COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard that DHHS launched in June, which provides monthly reports on every hospital and long-term care facility. The reporting will include fully vaccinated staff at pre-K–12 public schools and charter schools, private schools and career and technical schools.

The departments continue to enroll schools in a free pooled COVID-19 testing program that allows schools to easily test many staff and students at once and quickly respond to any positive cases and allows asymptomatic students and staff who are deemed close contacts to avoid quarantine from school activities. As of August 23, 302 public and private schools had signed up to participate in weekly testing this fall.

More than 65% of Maine’s population is fully vaccinated and 70% has received at least one dose. Statewide, 52% of youth ages 12 to 18 have been fully vaccinated, with 57% having had a first dose. No vaccine is yet authorized for children under age 12.

COVID-19 vaccine remains widely available throughout the state. To find a vaccination location, visit maine.gov/covid19/vaccines/vaccination-sites or call the Community Vaccination Line at (888) 445-4111.