Governor Hogan Urges COVID-19 Booster Vaccinations and Prepares State to Vaccinate Children – CBS Baltimore
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) – The state Department of Health begins reaching thousands of Marylanders eligible for a COVID-19 booster vaccination to encourage people to get that extra dose. The state is pushing for eight million doses of vaccine to be administered, with thousands receiving more vaccinations every day.
Health officials reiterated Thursday who was eligible for the Pfizer booster – those 65 and over, adults with underlying medical conditions, those who work in high-risk environments, and those who live or work in long-term care facilities.
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“If you are entitled to a booster vaccination, please get one. If you are not vaccinated, please get vaccinated, ”said Dennis Schrader, Maryland Dept. of Health.
Health officials say more than 82 percent of Marylanders eligible for the vaccine have received a vaccination. The state’s positivity rate has been steady at 4 percent, with nearly 800 Marylanders hospitalized with Covid as of Thursday. Health officials say rural hospitals are hardest hit.
“The hospitals with the most COVID-19 patients serve the east coast and part of the western state where a smaller proportion of residents have applied for a vaccination,” said Dr. Ted Delbridge, MD Institute for Emergency Medical Service Systems.
There are 11 pediatric hospitalizations in Maryland. Health officials say the state has distributed 100,000 rapid tests to local schools.
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They have more than 320,000 rapid tests on hand and say many schools have materials from their final year. School systems have until October 10 to enroll in a CDC screening test program.
“There is no excuse for any school system to take steps to protect their children and teachers,” Governor Hogan said Thursday.
A vaccine approval for the age group from five to eleven years is expected in the coming weeks.
“I have directed state health officials to advance and expedite their operation plans for vaccinating children,” added Governor Hogan.
A nationwide call center has so far made more than 30,000 appointments for booster vaccinations. The governor also reiterated today that he does not support vaccine mandates. “
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