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Head of Maine CDC urges faith in vaccination system

This after reports of donors cutting the line at MaineGeneral.
The head of the Maine CDC says he has concerns over reports that MaineGeneral Health allowed...
The head of the Maine CDC says he has concerns over reports that MaineGeneral Health allowed donors to get a coronavirus vaccine ahead of others.
Published: Feb. 2, 2021 at 4:25 PM EST
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AUGUSTA, Maine (WABI) - The head of the Maine CDC says he has concerns over reports that MaineGeneral Health allowed donors to get a coronavirus vaccine ahead of others.

Dr. Nirav Shah says he has not had any direct conversations with officials at MaineGeneral.

TV5 spoke with their CEO who said the donors were allowed to get the vaccine at MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta as part of a test of their own system.

They were looking for feedback on how to make things run more smoothly.

Shah says he doesn’t want this to lead to people losing faith in how vaccine distribution is being handled.

“There are so many different ways in which trust is essential to the process going forward,” said Shah. “Trust in the vaccine, trust in the information that I’m giving everyone, but an equal piece of this is trust in the process. In these perceptions of trust and favoritism, they raise concerns.”

MaineGeneral said they were sorry this process was misconstrued and did in fact find some issues in their system as a result of what they did.

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