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More than 1 million Mainers have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

Hollie Maloney
Robert F. Bukaty
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AP
Hollie Maloney, a pharmacy technician, loads a syringe with Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine, Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at the Portland Expo in Portland, Maine. The Expo location, operated by Northern Light Health, is one of two mass vaccination sites that opened in Maine this week.

More than 1 million Mainers have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Mills administration announced the milestone Tuesday, citing data from the U.S. CDC. Maine continues to have one of the highest vaccination rates of any state, with 68% of residents fully vaccinated.

The achievement comes as Maine is still dealing with a surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations driven by the highly contagious Delta variant, which is spreading primarily among pockets of unvaccinated people.

According to the Maine CDC, more than 85% of people hospitalized with COVID since January have not been fully vaccinated.