Gov. Hogan Pushes COVID-19 Booster Shots, Prepares State To Vaccinate Children – CBS Baltimore


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — The state well being division is beginning to attain out to 1000’s of Marylanders eligible for COVID-19 booster photographs to encourage individuals to get that extra dose. The state is pushing eight million vaccine doses administered with 1000’s extra every day getting booster photographs.

Well being officers reiterated Thursday who’s eligible for the Pfizer booster — these 65 and older, adults with underlying circumstances, those that work in high-risk settings, and those that stay or work in long-term care settings.

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“Should you’re eligible for a booster shot, please get one. In case you are unvaccinated, please get vaccinated,” mentioned Dennis Schrader, Maryland Dept. of Well being.

Well being officers say greater than 82 % of Marylanders eligible for the vaccine have gotten a shot. The state’s positivity fee is regular at 4 %, with almost 800 Marylanders hospitalized with covid, as of Thursday. Well being officers say rural hospitals are most affected.

“The hospitals with the best numbers of COVID-19 sufferers serve the Jap Shore and a part of the western state, the place a decrease proportion of residents have sought vaccination,” mentioned Dr. Ted Delbridge, MD Institute for Emergency Medical Providers Programs.

There are 11 pediatric hospitalizations in Maryland. Well being officers say the state’s distributed 100 thousand speedy exams to native faculties.

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They’ve greater than 320,000 speedy exams available and say many colleges have provides from final faculty yr. College programs have till Oct. 10 to join a CDC screening testing program.

“There’s no excuse for any faculty system to fail to take steps to preserving their youngsters and academics protected,” Gov. Hogan mentioned Thursday.

Vaccine approval for these ages 5 to 11 is predicted within the coming weeks.

“I’ve directed state well being officers to advance and speed up their operation plans for vaccinating kids,” Gov. Hogan added.

A statewide name middle has scheduled greater than 30,000 appointments for booster photographs to date. The governor additionally reiterated at the moment he doesn’t help vaccine mandates.”

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