AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine Gov. John Baldacci has issued an executive order declaring a civil emergency with a goal of easing liability concerns for school vaccination clinics this fall.
Baldacci aide David Farmer says the goal is to extend immunity from lawsuits to public health workers who administer seasonal and swine flu vaccinations.
Maine has ordered 200,000 seasonal flu vaccinations, enough for every public school student in the state. Swine flu shots will be administered free of charge.
The governor on Tuesday signed a proclamation of civil emergency to fight flu and facilitate school-based vaccinations. Farmer says it's an extension of a similar federal order signed by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in June.