BALTIMORE, Md. (WJZ) —Ten p.c of Baltimore Metropolis’s inhabitants has now obtained no less than one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, Baltimore Metropolis Well being Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa mentioned Monday.
In a press convention Monday afternoon, the town officers revealed Baltimore is seeing a 60% lower in COVID-19 instances within the final month, with the positivity price within the metropolis down by 58% and hospitalization metrics down as nicely.
Nevertheless, regardless of higher numbers, Baltimore Metropolis Mayor Brandon Scott urged folks to remain vigilant. He additionally reported that 782 metropolis residents have died from the coronavirus to date.
Dr. Dzirasa urged folks’s persistence as extra shipments of the vaccine are coming, regardless of not getting a cargo final week due to the winter climate.
Consistent with this effort, the town additionally will start a partnership with Ascension St. Agnes to distribute COVID-19 vaccines. It’ll prolong vaccinations to different eligible teams in response to state and federal pointers.
Metropolis workers are persevering with to be vaccinated day by day, with 10% of metropolis well being division workers and 45% of the Baltimore Metropolis police pressure vaccinated.
Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison and Baltimore Hearth Chief Niles Ford each inspired residents to get vaccinated as quickly as they’ll, and revealed they each have gotten their vaccine doses.
“I look ahead to visiting my new granddaughter, with out placing her in danger,” Harrison mentioned.
Chief Ford additionally confirmed he examined optimistic for the virus in Might 2020 however recovered.
He lately acquired his coronavirus vaccine and referred to as for folks to get their vaccinations, put on a masks and apply social distancing. He mentioned with the vaccine, he was prepared to go to household, mates and his fireplace stations with out placing folks in danger.
When requested about metropolis residents with the ability to use the 2 mass vaccination websites stationed in Baltimore Metropolis, Mayor Scott mentioned he believes half of the preliminary doses at M&T Financial institution Stadium ought to go to metropolis residents. He and Dr. Dzirasa added these requests to take action haven’t been granted they usually haven’t heard again from the state but.
Scott mentioned they’d requested for 15,000 seniors in Baltimore Metropolis to be prioritized to get vaccinated at these websites.
“We’re going to proceed to work and push with the state to see if we are able to get these issues occurring,” Scott mentioned.
Dr. Dzirasa mentioned they now have an inventory of 20,000 older adults who’re eligible.
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