Suds and sports: Vaccination clinics target younger Mainers

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's COVID-19 vaccination clinics are targeting young people at baseball games and breweries.

Northern Light Health had a pop-up clinic at the Portland Sea Dogs game Thursday night. And a mobile vaccination clinic operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency has set up shop through the weekend at the Rising Tide brewery in Portland. Next week, MaineHealth will be sponsoring a clinic at Maine Beer Co. in Freeport.

Smaller, localized clinics at public gathering spots and workplaces are becoming increasingly common.

“There’s a lot of people who live, work, eat, play within a mile of where we are. This makes vaccination the easy option,” Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said while visiting the Rising Tide mobile vaccination site.

It's important for young people to be vaccinated because they're part of the demographic that's being hospitalized, he said.

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The number of COVID-19 infections continues to decline in the state as the Maine CDC reported 38 infections on Friday.

The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Maine has declined over the past two weeks, going from 127 new cases per day on May 26 to 66 new cases per day on June 9.

All told there have been more than 68,000 infections and 844 deaths, including a new one reported Friday, in Maine since the pandemic started, according to the Maine CDC.