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Baltimore Mayor Governor Hogan argues over the doses of COVID vaccine obtainable to metropolis dwellers

BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott are in a war of words over COVID-19 vaccines.

The controversy began Monday when Mayor Scott asked the governor to reserve a few cans for residents of the city at the two state mass vaccination sites in Baltimore.

"Half of the doses given at these locations should go to the people who live in that jurisdiction," Mayor Scott said at the time.

Things escalated after WJZ investigator Mike Hellgren questioned Hogan on the matter at the opening of the new vaccination facility at M&T Bank Stadium on Thursday.

Here was my question to the governor ⬇️ @wjz pic.twitter.com/xPWVsryHa2

– Mike Hellgren (@HellgrenWJZ) February 26, 2021

While Hogan said he would work to help the city, part of his response outraged Mayor Scott.

“As of last week, the city of Baltimore has received a lot more than it really deserves. We came to mass vaccination sites here. The city health department only takes 14% of the shots here in the city. We're doing 86% of the effort with other partners, ”Governor Hogan told Hellgren.

. @MayorBMScott shoots back at Governor Hogan after I asked the Governor yesterday if some cans of the M&T Bank Stadium should be reserved for high-risk residents – the government said, in part, that Baltimore City has "gotten far more than they are due." "@wjz pic.twitter.com/opU12uXSlj

– Mike Hellgren (@HellgrenWJZ) February 26, 2021

In a statement to WJZ, the mayor wrote: “Baltimoreans are Marylanders too. You are both entitled to and deserve the vaccine. "

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He criticized the state for not providing the city's residents with a fair share of vaccines – and for what he called a "broken" appointment system.

“Week after week, the governor has refused to share where the state is handing out cans in Baltimore City.

The dust cloud became aware of Hogan's school tour on the east coast, during which he even put on a hat to read Doctor Seuss to the students.

Here's what Governor Hogan said today: @wjz pic.twitter.com/Y5kTRu3wmH

– Mike Hellgren (@HellgrenWJZ) February 26, 2021

"The mayor made several comments about a solid week of not getting enough vaccines in Baltimore City and that was just wrong," Hogan said Friday. Baltimore City got far more than its allotment would be based on population. They have more than any counties that are much larger. I think Baltimore City is the fifth largest population and they received the greatest amount of vaccines, which is factually simply wrong. "

The governor's "legitimate" comment has been criticized by a number of current and past city leaders.

As for Governor Hogan's remarks on the M&T mass vaccination website this afternoon: pic.twitter.com/tOQm47GfQ6

– Councilor Phylicia Porter (@PhyliciaPorter_) February 26, 2021

Former Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen, tweeted Hogan's response: “Is out of bounds. Maryland should really focus on vaccinating MORE vulnerable people. "

"Justice has nothing to do with entitlement," said City Council President Nick Mosby on Facebook. “Baltimore City is not seeking special treatment, as the governor indicated with his poor choice of words. It is up to our leaders to recognize the inherent need to distribute this life-saving vaccine to the people who are most likely to die. This is not about entitlement. This is a matter of life and death. "

Councilor Odette Ramos tweeted: "Shame on Hogan."

The state has reserved some doses for residents of Prince George & # 39; s County at the Six Flags mass vaccination site in that county.

Just over 7% of all Marylanders had been vaccinated by Friday.

For the latest information on coronavirus, visit the Maryland Health Department website or call 211. All WJZ coverage of coronavirus in Maryland is here.

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