The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention recently placed its fifth order for doses of COVID-19 vaccine for 17,175 people to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Operation Warp Speed.

The order reflects the maximum number of doses available to Maine for new vaccines, and it will comprise 8,775 doses from Pfizer and 8,400 doses from Moderna for the fifth week of distribution. Sites have begun to receive and administer the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine for individuals vaccinated in the first week of distribution.

Combined with previous orders, Maine expects to have enough to vaccinate approximately 99,025 people in the first five weeks of distribution.

Since COVID-19 vaccination began on December 14 in Maine, 46,633 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been given to healthcare workers and long-term care residents, including 43,362 first doses and 3,271 second doses.

Maine has prioritized its limited supply of vaccine for health care personnel and residents of skilled nursing and long-term care facilities. The goal, recognizing that Maine’s planning is dependent on the federal government’s vaccine allocation, is to provide vaccine by February to all health care personnel and long-term care residents in Phase 1a.

In the fifth week of distribution, shipments of 17,175 doses of vaccine will be sent to hospitals (7,700), outpatient groups (1,500), emergency medical services (400), the retail pharmacy long-term care program (4,875), organizations helping to vaccine people in long-term care facilities not in the retail pharmacy program (2,500) and home health and hospice agencies (200).

Physicians, nurses and similar healthcare providers who practice outside of hospitals are now being vaccinated. Over half of the coming allocation is targeted toward the patient-facing staff at hospital-affiliated medical practices, dialysis centers, oncology practices, federally qualified health centers and independent medical practices that provide urgent and acute care. Healthcare workers can visit covid19/vaccines to learn about when and how they can be vaccinated, .

Maine is also participating in the retail pharmacy program operated by the U.S. CDC. Maine DHHS allocates doses to the program but does not play a direct role in distribution of those vaccines to long-term care facilities.

In a news release, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services said, “The vaccine distribution framework will continue to evolve with the changing vaccine supply and continued input from health care providers and various communities throughout Maine.”