Monday, April 5, 2021
Tyler Waldman, WBAL NewsRadio 1090 and FM 101.5
All Marylanders 16 and up can get the COVID-19 vaccine as quickly as Tuesday, Gov. Larry Hogan introduced Monday.
Hogan’s order is efficient Tuesday for state mass vaccination websites and subsequent Monday for all suppliers within the state.
The one caveat is for Marylanders who’re 16 and 17, who will solely be capable to get the Pfizer vaccine. That’s as a result of it’s the solely shot authorized for that age group.
Initially, the state was presupposed to make this transfer into the third section of the vaccine rollout on April 27. However the timeline was moved up in gentle of an elevated allotment of doses from the federal authorities and an expectation that that may proceed. Nonetheless, Hogan reminded Marylanders that eligibility and availability are two various things.
“I wish to stress that although we’re opening up eligibility for everybody, that doesn’t imply everybody will instantly be capable to get an appointment,” he stated at a information convention. “We urge Marylanders to please get vaccinated as quickly as you’ll be able to. These vaccines have confirmed to be secure and efficient and are supplied for gratis.”
Mass vaccination websites in Greenbelt, Timonium and Germantown are set to go reside this week, with websites in Frederick and Annapolis to comply with subsequent week. Websites in Aberdeen and Columbia will open later this month.
Final week, the mass vaccination web site in Salisbury started the primary to permit walkups. On Tuesday, the location in Hagerstown will do the identical. Subsequent week, the location at M&T Financial institution Stadium in Baltimore will start permitting walkups, with the remainder of the state’s mass vaccination websites to comply with.
As he has stated in different latest appearances, Hogan stated Maryland is in a race between the vaccine and potent variants, together with yet another transmissible pressure that’s turning into increasingly prevalent to the state’s north.
Maryland is a relative straggler in increasing vaccine entry. Most states have opened up entry to all residents over 16, as President Joe Biden has referred to as on states to do by Might 1
Chatting with Bryan Nehman and Torrey Snow earlier than Hogan’s announcement, Well being Secretary Dennis Schrader stated state officers had been working to stability elevated provides with state priorities.
“We’ve the dual purpose of pace and fairness and each are essential,” he stated.
He stated the vaccine’s impression exhibits within the underlying knowledge. Now that greater than three-quarters of Marylanders over 60 have been vaccinated, coronavirus-related hospitalizations are trending youthful and sufferers are spending much less time within the hospital.
Hogan ended the information convention with a query about final week’s legislative audit that discovered little or no documentation to justify the tens of millions spent on COVID-19 assessments bought from a South Korean firm and no contract in place to guard the state when the unique batch of assessments turned out to be defective. He referred to as the findings “political nonsense.”