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Covid and Vaccine Update: May 13, 2021

There were 32 new cases of Covid-19 in Sanford and Springvale in the seven-day period ending May 9. The cumulative total of cases of the virus in our community now stands at 1,684. In the same period, there were 319 new cases of Covid-19 in all of York County. For the second week in a row, there were no reported deaths associated with Covid-19 in York County.

The Pfizer vaccine is now approved for everyone age 12 and up. The Sanford School Department is working with Maine Health to offer an optional Pfizer COVID vaccination to Sanford students, 12 years of age or older. Vaccinations are available for both in-person and remote learners. The Sanford High School Clinic will be held this Friday, May 14th from 9-4. The Sanford Middle School Clinic will be held next Monday, May 17th from 9-4. Please complete the following forms and return them to your school’s main office by 3:00 pm the school day prior to vaccination, if possible, for planning purposes. Letter from Maine Health: https://5il.co/skp5 Registration material to be completed https://5il.co/skae.

In an effort to encourage adults who have put off getting vaccinated, the state of Maine is offering incentives on a first come, first served basis. The incentives include your choice of a free hunting or fishing license, day passes to Maine state parks, LL Bean gift cards and more. You need to have your first shot between May 11 and May 31 to qualify.

Still have questions about vaccination? Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) will host a COVID-19 vaccine community forum on Wednesday, May 19 at 6pm via ZOOM. The forum will include a short presentation followed by questions and answers from Dr. Michael Albaum, Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Michael Schmitz, Emergency Physician, and Dr. Margy O’Hare, OB/GYN. This is a chance for the community to ask questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine and receive answers in real-time from experts. Community members can submit questions ahead of time by emailing info@smhc.com. Click the ZOOM link below to join the forum on May 19.
https://zoom.us/j/92498970327 Meeting ID: 924 9897 0327

The Sanford Vaccine Center has given over 30,000 shots. As of today, 45.59% of Maine’s total population is fully vaccinated, and 70% of adults have gotten at least one shot.

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