Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center is pictured on Aug. 27, 2021. Credit: Linda Coan O'Kresik / BDN

Across the country, health care workers are facing deadlines to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The deadline in Maine is technically Oct. 1, but the Mills administration won’t enforce the mandate till the end of October. And hospitals in Maine are reporting progress in vaccinating staff.

MaineHealth officials said 93 percent of staff are fully vaccinated. Northern Light Health is reporting a similar rate, though that includes staff who have only received a first dose.

Paul Bolin, senior vice president of Northern Light Health, said the rate among clinical staff is highest.

“Our nurses at this point are about 93 percent vaccinated. Our physicians [are] about 97 percent vaccinated, and others in clinical roles have a very high level of vaccination. We expect those numbers to continue to increase closer to the 100 mark, which is of course the goal,” Bolin said.

Out of Northern Light Health’s nearly 13,000 employees, Bolin said 89 have quit over vaccine requirements for the flu or the COVID-19 shot.

The vaccination rate for staff of MaineGeneral Health is 90 percent, according to a spokesperson. At Central Maine Healthcare, it’s more than 86 percent.

Health care workers still have time to get the Johnson & Johnson shot to meet the deadline for enforcement of the mandate, which is Oct. 29.

This article appears through a media partnership with Maine Public.