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More Than Half Of Maine Teens, 12-Year-Olds Have Had COVID Shot

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Patty Wight
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Maine Public
Student Katherine Halle gets her first dose of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School

PORTLAND, Maine — The percentage of Maine teenagers and 12-year-olds who have had at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine has exceeded 50%. Maine has been ahead of most of the country in vaccinating residents for COVID-19.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday that about 51% of the state's 12- to 19-year-old residents have had at least one dose, and about 47% have had a final dose.

More than two thirds of Maine's population that is old enough to receive a coronavirus vaccine has received a final dose. That is one of the highest percentages in the country.