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Designation of Health Care Personnel to Participate in School Based Vaccination Clinics

 

October 12, 2010

 

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On October 12, 2010 Governor Baldacci issued Executive Order 05 FY 11/12: AN ORDER DESIGNATING THE MAINE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY TO DESIGNATE HEALTH CARE PERSONNEL TO PARTICIPATE IN SCHOOL BASED H1N1 VACCINATION CLINICS.

The Executive Order stipulates that:

"The Department of Health and Human Services, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Maine Department of Education shall coordinate with the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management and the Department of Public Safety, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services to identify those health care workers duly licensed and authorized to administer influenza vaccines in the State of Maine and available to participate in the planned school based vaccination clinics for seasonal influenza."

Further, the Executive order states:

"To the extent necessary to assume the timely provision of seasonal influenza in school-based clinics in accordance with the guidance of the federal Centers for Disaster Control and Prevention, the Director of the Maine Emergency Management Agency will exercise his authority pursuant to 37-B M.R.S.A section 784-A to call for and employ persons considered necessary for assistance, and designate appropriate health care workers licensed in this State and authorized to administer vaccines to participate in vaccination clinics in accordance with the requirements of this Executive Order."

Title 37-B MRSA Section 784-A states, “The Maine Emergency Management Agency and local organizations for emergency management may employ any person considered necessary to assist with emergency management activities. All persons called and employed for assistance shall proceed as directed by the Maine Emergency Management Agency. Any person called and employed for assistance is deemed to be an employee of the State for purposes of immunity from liability pursuant to section 822 and for purposes of workers' compensation insurance pursuant to section 823…”

In accordance with the Executive Order, the Director of the Maine Emergency Management Agency has designated certain health care workers to participate in the administration of seasonal flu vaccinations. These persons include licensed EMS personnel that have received the appropriate vaccination training as certified by State EMS authorities. Certain other health care workers that have enrolled at the Maine Responds web site and have appropriate credentials as certified by the Maine CDC have also been designated.

The list of persons designated by the Maine Emergency Management Agency may be found at the following links:

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These designations will remain in effect until the expiration of the Executive Order or subsequent related Orders, unless modified by the Maine Emergency Management Agency.

Persons not on either of these lists should not assume they have the protections outlined above.

Persons that feel their name should be added to either of the lists should contact:

Maine Responds: Maine EMS:
Devon Niedner (207) 626-3860
(207) 287-6508


as appropriate to ensure their credentialing/licensing and training status have been updated.

Robert P. McAleer, Director
Maine Emergency Management Agency

 

 

Last update: 07/20/10