Several weeks ago, it was announced that the State of Maine would require all healthcare workers to get their COVID-19 vaccination by October 1st.

It looks as though that deadline has been extended.

According to the Portland Press Herald, during today's Maine Centers for Disease Control press conference, it was announced that Governor Mills' administration would extend the deadline for healthcare workers to get the vaccine.

The new deadline is October 29th.

There were several reasons for the delay including providing healthcare workers more time to become fully vaccinated and to give healthcare companies more time to use the $146 million in government funds to deal with needs within the workforce.

The announcement comes on a day when the state reported an additional 624 cases of COVID-19.