PORTLAND, Maine — More women than men are getting vaccinated against coronavirus in the state of Maine.
The trend in Maine reflects a broader trend around the country, as many states have reported similar results. In Maine, nearly 58 percent of the people who have received their final dose have been women.
The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention also reported Tuesday that nearly 56 percent of the people receiving a first dose of the vaccine have been women. In total, about 55 percent of the state has had its first dose and 43 percent has had its final dose.
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said one explanation for the gap is that workforces that include a high percentage of women, such as educators and health care professionals, received earlier access to the vaccines.
Maine CDC also reported that people in their 60s are getting more coronavirus vaccines than other age groups. More than 140,000 people in their 60s have had their final dose of the vaccine. That’s nearly 30 percent of the final doses that have been administered in the state.