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Marylanders 16+ can get COVID-19 vaccine at mass sites starting Tuesday

Updated: 5:29 PM EDT Apr 5, 2021

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AFTERNOON. LET’S TAKE A LISTEN JOINING ME TODAY OUR LIEUTENANT. GOVERNOR BOYD RUTHERFORD AND DR. TED DELBRIDGE. WHO’S THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE MARYLAND INSTITUTE FOR EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES SYSTEMS. OVER THE LAST WEEK. WE HAVE REACHED SOME MAJOR MILESTONES IN OUR COVID-19 VACCINATION CAMPAIGN INCLUDING OUR FIRST DAY OVER 75,000 VACCINATIONS TODAY WE HIT MORE THAN THREE MILLION VACCINES. WE COMPLETED THE FIRST MILLION VACCINATIONS IN 67 DAYS. THEN REACHED TWO MILLION 27 DAYS LATER. AND NOW IN JUST 19 DAYS WE DID THE THIRD MILLION. WE ADMINISTERED 429, 317 VACCINES IN JUST THE PAST WEEK ALONE. OUR AVERAGE VACCINATION RATE IS 61,331 SHOTS PER DAY, WHICH MEANS WE’RE VACCINATING AT A FASTER RATE THAN THE NATION AND 36 OTHER STATES. FOUR MONTHS AGO VACCINES HAD NOT YET EVEN BEEN APPROVED. BY THE FDA, BUT NOW WE HAVE ALREADY VACCINATED MORE THAN 76% OF ALL MARYLANDERS OVER THE AGE OF 65 AND MORE THAN 42% OF ALL MARYLANDERS 18 YEARS AND OLDER. AS A RESULT OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE, WE’VE BUILT ACROSS THE STATE AND OUR RAPID PACE OF VACCINATIONS. ALONG WITH THE INCREASED SUPPLY OF VACCINES FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. LAST WEEK WE WERE ABLE TO OPEN PREREGISTRATION. PHASE 3 MEANING THAT EVERY MARYLANDER OVER THE AGE OF 16 WAS ABLE TO PRE-REGISTER FOR AN APPOINTMENT AT ONE OF OUR MASS VACCINATION SITES. MORE THAN A HALF MILLION PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY DONE. SO. TODAY WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE ANOTHER ACCELERATION OF THE VACCINE ELIGIBILITY PHASES TO EARLIER THAN ANTICIPATED. ANY AND ALL MARYLANDERS 16 AND OLDER ARE ABLE TO GET A VACCINE? AT ANY OF THE STATE’S MASS VACCINATION SITES BEGINNING TOMORROW MORNING. AND BY MONDAY APRIL 12 ALL PROVIDERS IN THE STATE WILL BE REQUIRED TO ALLOW VACCINES FOR ALL MARYLANDERS 16 YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER. APPOINTMENTS FOR ANY REMAINING INDIVIDUALS IN PHASE ONE OR PHASE TWO WILL CONTINUE TO BE PRIORITIZED. AND MARYLANDERS 16 OR 17 YEARS OF AGE WILL ONLY BE ABLE TO UTILIZE CLINICS THAT ARE PROVIDING THE PFIZER VACCINE. AS IT IS THE ONLY ONE THAT IS CURRENTLY APPROVED BY THE FDA FOR AGES 16 AND OLDER. WE WILL OPEN THREE MORE MASS VACCINATION SITES THIS WEEK. INCLUDING THE FEMA SITE AT THE GREENBELT METRO STATION IN PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY THE MARYLAND STATE FAIRGROUNDS IN BALTIMORE COUNTY AND THE MONTGOMERY COLLEGE CAMPUS IN GERMANTOWN. NEXT WEEK. WE OPEN THEM AT FREDERICK COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND AT THE NAVY MARINE CORPS MEMORIAL STADIUM IN ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY. AT RIPKEN STADIUM IN HARFORD COUNTY THE FOLLOWING WEEK OF THE 19TH AND AT THE MALL IN COLUMBIA IN HOWARD COUNTY IMMEDIATELY AFTER THAT. A FRIDAY WE SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHED OUR FIRST NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY WALK-UP LINE AT THE EASTERN SHORE SITE IN SALISBURY. TOMORROW WE WILL BEGIN THE NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY LINE ALSO AT THE HAGERSTOWN SITE. THEN NEXT WEEK AT M&T BANK STADIUM. ADDITION WE WILL BE ADDING NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY LINES AT EACH OF THE OTHER NEW MASS EFFECT SITES THAT WE ARE OPENING. WE WANT TO EMPHASIZE THAT THE BEST WAY TO GUARANTEE A VACCINE AND TO GET THROUGH THE SITES FASTER IS STILL TO PRE-REGISTER AND SECURE AN APPOINTMENT. AND WE COURAGE EVERYONE WHO WANTS A VACCINE TO VISIT COVID-19 MARYLAND.GOV OR TO CALL THE STATE’S COVID-19 VACCINATION SUPPORT CENTER AT 1855 MD GO BACK. WE’RE ALSO NOW PROVIDING VACCINES AT 481 PHARMACIES ALL OVER THE STATE OF MARYLAND. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS PROVIDING ADDITIONAL SUPPLIES TO THESE PHARMACIES, WHICH WILL NOW BE ABLE TO MAKE MORE APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE EACH WEEK IN EVERY COUNTY. PHARMACY PROVIDERS CAN ALL BE FOUND AT COVIDVAX.MARYLAND.GOV. I WANT TO STRESS THAT EVEN THOUGH WE’RE OPENING UP ELIGIBILITY FOR EVERYONE THAT DOES NOT MEAN EVERYONE WILL BE ABLE TO IMMEDIATELY GET AN APPOINTMENT. BUT WITH THE SUPPLY OF DOSES INCREASING OVER THE NEXT MONTH OR SO A VACCINE SHOULD BE AVAILABLE. FOR EVERYONE WHO WANTS ONE? WE URGE MARYLANDERS TO PLEASE GET VACCINATED JUST AS SOON AS YOU ARE ABLE TO. THESE VACCINES ARE PROVEN TO BE SAFE AND EFFECTIVE AND ARE PROVIDED THAT NO COST. GETTING VACCINATED WILL HELP. KEEP YOU YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR COMMUNITY HEALTHY AND SAFE. OUR DAILY POSITIVITY RATE SEVEN DAY POSITIVITY RATE AND CASE RATE PER 100,000 ARE ALL DOWN SLIGHTLY TODAY AND OUR NUMBER OF OF NEW CASES DROP SIGNIFICANTLY. MARYLAND IS IN BETTER SHAPE THAN THE COUNTRY AND WE’RE NOT IN THE RED ZONE. HOWEVER, NEARLY ALL OF THE STATES TO THE NORTH OF US ARE. AND WE ALL KNOW THAT THE VIRUS DOES NOT RESPECT STATE BORDERS. WE ARE LITERALLY IN A RACE BETWEEN THE VACCINES AND THESE NEW HIGHLY TRANSMISSIBLE VARIANTS WHICH ARE DRIVING AN INCREASE IN NEW INFECTIONS AND HOSPITALIZATIONS. PARTICULARLY AMONG YOUNGER PEOPLE. STATES ACROSS THE COUNTRY GETTING MORE PEOPLE VACCINATED AS QUICKLY AS WE POSSIBLY CAN IS OUR ABSOLUTE BEST DEFENSE AGAINST THESE VARIANTS AND IT’S THE BEST WAY TO WIN THIS LONG WAR AGAINST THIS DEADLY VIRUS. I WANT TO CLOSE BY THANKING ALL OF THE VACCINATORS ON THE FRONT LINES THE NURSES THE MARYLAND NATIONAL GUARD SOLDIERS THE MARYLAND RESPONSE VOLUNTEER CORPS AND ALL. TO OUR WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK EACH AND EVERY DAY TO GET MORE SHOTS INTO MORE ARMS IT’S THANKS TO THEM. ALL OF THEIR EFFORTS THAT MARYLAND IS VACCINATING AT A FASTER RATE THAN THE NATION AND MOST OTHER STATES. WITH THEIR HELP, WE WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO IN THE DAYS AHEAD UNTIL OUR JOB IS COMPLETED. AT THIS TIME, I’M GOING TO TURN IT OVER TO DR. DELBRIDGE. WHO’S GOING TO TALK MORE ABOUT WHY IT’S SO CRITICALLY IMPORTANT FOR ALL MARYLANDERS TO GET VACCINATED. DOCT GOOD AFTERNOON, AND THANK YOU GOVERNOR HOGAN ONCE AGAIN FOR YOUR CONTINUING ATTENTION AND LEADERSHIP DURING THIS UNPRECEDENTED ONGOING PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY. MORE THAN A YEAR NOW. WE’VE BEEN RESPONDING TO THE CRISIS AND OUR TACTICS HAVE BEEN MULTIFACETED INVOLVING EVERY AGENCY OF STATE GOVERNMENT LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS. HOSPITALS AND THEIR HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS HEALTHCARE CLINICIANS, LITERALLY HEROES OF ALL SORTS SAFETY PERSONNEL AND OTHER HOWEVER, OUR JOB IS NOT DONE FAR FROM IT AS OF TODAY. THERE ARE MORE THAN 1,100 MARYLANDERS SUFFERING FROM COVID-19 IN OUR HOSPITALS AND 22% ARE IN AN INTENSIVE CARE UNIT. WE MUST ALL CONTINUE TO DO OUR PARKS BY WEARING A WELL-FITTING MASK THAT COVERS OUR MOUTH AND OUR NOSE. WENT AROUND OTHER PEOPLE. BY MAINTAINING PHYSICAL DISTANCE FROM OTHERS BY WASHING OUR HANDS FREQUENTLY AND IF WE’RE NOT FEELING WELL TAKING THE INITIATIVE TO STAY AWAY FROM WORK SCHOOL AND OTHER PUBLIC PLACES. HOWEVER, WE KNOW THAT OUR BEST STRATEGY TO COMBAT COVID-19 IS THROUGH VACCINATION. EFFORTS TO VACCINATE MARYLANDERS INVOLVE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE WORKING EVERY SINGLE DAY AROUND THE CLOCK. AND WE CAN TELL IT’S WORKING. IN THE PAST FIVE WEEKS THE PROPORTION OF NEW COVID-19 CASES AFFECTING PEOPLE’S 60 YEARS AND OLDER HAS DECREASED BY 30% THEY ALSO REPRESENT A LOWER PROPORTION OF HOSPITALIZED PATIENTS. THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO WERE IN THE FIRST WAVES OF VACCINE ROLLOUT. THE FLIP SIDE. HOWEVER, IS THAT PEOPLE YOUNGER THAN 60 YEARS OLD ARE COMPRISING A HIGHER PROPORTION OF NEW COVID-19 CASES AND HOSPITALIZATIONS. THIS IS ONE FACTOR IN THE EFFORTS TO BROADEN THE ELIGIBILITY FOR VACCINE VACCINATIONS TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE. EVERY VACCINATED PERSON IS A SUCCESS. WE KNOW THAT SOME PEOPLE STILL HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE COVID-19 VACCINES. EXAMPLE DO THEY WORK? YES, THERE ARE 94 TO 95% EFFECTIVE IN REDUCING THE RISK OF BECOMING SICK OR DEVELOPING SERIOUS ILLNESS FROM COVID-19. CAN I GET COVID-19 FROM THE VACCINE? NONE OF THE CURRENT VACCINE USES THE VIRUS OR ANY PART OF IT IN A WAY THAT COULD POTENTIALLY GIVE SOMEONE COVID-19 THROUGH VACCINATION. SOME ASK I WANT TO MAKE SURE IT’S SAFE. HOW DO I KNOW WELL MILLIONS OF DOSES OF VACCINE HAVE BEEN ADMINISTERED AND INITIALLY TO OLDER FOLKS WHO ARE OFTEN MORE FRAIL AND VULNERABLE THE SAFETY VECTOR OF THE VACCINES HAS BEEN EXCELLENT. ESTIMATES ARE LESS THAN FIVE MILLION FIVE PEOPLE IN A MILLION MAY DEVELOP A SELF-LIMITED REACTION THAT CAN BE EASILY MANAGED. SOME SAY I’VE HEARD THEY ARE SIDE EFFECTS. ARE THEY SEVERE? SOME PEOPLE MAY GET MILD SYMPTOMS THAT LAST A SHORT TIME. THESE ARE NOT FROM THE VACCINE PER SE THEY ARE ACTUALLY FROM ONE’S OWN IMMUNE SYSTEM REVVING UP TO ATTACKS THE ATTACK THE VIRUS WHEN THEY SEE IT FOR REAL. AND FOR SOME THE POSTURE IS MAYBE I’LL JUST WAIT OUT. WAIT IT OUT AND TAKE MY CHANCES AND THERE ARE SEVERAL REASONS WHY THAT IS NOT A GOOD PLAN. COVID-19 IS A SERIOUS ILLNESS AS WE’VE LEARNED MORE THAN 8,300 MARYLANDERS HAVE DIED FROM COVID-19 MORE THAN 418,000 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN AFFECTED MORE THAN 37,000 MARYLANDERS HAVE BEEN ADMITTED TO A HOSPITAL. MANY PEOPLE HAVE LASTING EFFECTS AND DO NOT RECOVER COMPLETELY IF EVER FOR MONTHS. EVEN IF YOU’RE A LUCKY PERSON AND YOU MANAGE NOT TO GET SO ILL THE PEOPLE CLOSEST TO YOU THE ONES YOU LOVE AND YOUR FRIENDS MAY NOT BE SO LUCKY WHEN YOU PASS THE VIRUS ALONG TO THEM. AND EVERY TIME THE VIRUS MOVES FROM ONE PERSON TO ANOTHER IT IS ITS CHANCE TO BECOME A BETTER VIRUS TO BE STRONGER TO MAKE PEOPLE MORE ILL AND TO RESIST OR AVOID THE TREATMENTS THAT CURRENTLY EXIST. AS BASEBALL SEASON IS STARTING I THOUGHT I WOULD MAKE A BASEBALL ANALOGY AND THOSE WHO FOLLOW THE ORIOLES THE NATIONALS OR THEIR OTHER FAVORITE TEAM WILL UNDERSTAND THE BEST WAY TO STOP A RUN FROM SCORING IS TO GET THE BATTER OUT BEFORE HE GETS ON BASE. NO BASE RUNNERS MEANS NO RUNS CAN SCORE. IF COVID-19 CAN’T GET ON BASE CAN’T GO FROM ONE PERSON TO ANOTHER BECAUSE THEY’VE ALL BEEN VACCINATED. WE WIN AND THE VIRUS LOSES. ON BEHALF OF ALL OF US THROUGHOUT MARYLAND HAVE BEEN IN BATTLE FOR MORE THAN A YEAR. PLEASE DO THESE THINGS WEAR A MASK. KEEP YOUR DISTANCE WASH YOUR HANDS STAY AT HOME WHEN YOU’RE NOT FEELING WELL, AND PLEASE MOST IMPORTANTLY GET A VACCINE WHEN IT’S YOUR TURN. THANK YOU. WITH THAT WE’D BE HAPPY TO TAKE A FEW QUESTIONS. FROM DR. DELBERT JUST SAID THAT TH FRIEND RIGHT NOW ARE PARTICULARLY CONCERNING ABOUT YOUNG PEOPLE. SO QUESTION ABOUT THE REASONINGP REGISTRATION. HOW MUCH IS THIS WAS WEIGHTED ON PROGRESS? HAVE FINISHED PREVIO HOW MUCH OF THIS EARN. ABOUT VARIOUS SPREADING EMOTIONAL PEOPLE AND THEN THOSE YOUNG PEOPLE IN TURN SPREADING INTO THE WATER DEPARTMENT. WELL, IT’S A GREAT QUESTION. SO IT’S A LITTLE BIT OF BOTH. WE CERTAINLY TOOK THIS INTO CONSIDERATION. WE’RE NOW ABLE TO MOVE MORE QUICKLY BECAUSE WE’VE BEEN GETTING THAT INCREASE SUPPLY AND WE’VE BUILT THE INFRASTRUCTURE WE SAW THIS COMING WHICH IS WHY WE STARTED THE PRE-REGISTRATION LAST WEEK TO GET READY AND GEARED UP WITH THE RESPONSE HAS BEEN PHENOMENAL AND WE WERE ABLE TO HANDLE ALL OF THAT ALL THE MASS BACK SITES, BUT THERE’S NO QUESTION AS DR. DELBRIDGE SAID WE’RE SEEING FEWER AND FEWER OF OUR OLDER RESIDENTS GETTING SICK. HOSPITALIZED OR DYING BECAUSE 76% OF THEM HAVE BEEN VACCINATED BUT WE’RE SEEING THE INCREASES THAT WE ARE SEEING TODAY WITH NUMBERS WERE PRETTY GOOD. BUT YOU KNOW, WE’VE BEEN BUMPING ALONG HERE SLIGHT INCREASES. IT’S MOSTLY YOUNGER PEOPLE AND WE’RE STARTING TO SEE HOSPITALIZATIONS AMONG PEOPLE IN THEIR 20S AND 30S AND 40S THAT’S SUPPOSED TO JUST FOLKS IN THEIR 70S AND 80S AND 90S. SO GETTING MORE PEOPLE YOUNGER PEOPLE VACCINATED FASTER IS CERTAINLY A GOAL AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE ARE THAT PEOPLE TAKE IT SERIOUSLY SOME YOUNGER PEOPLE. SOMETIMES FELT THAT THEY WERE BULLETPROOF OR THEY DIDN’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT IT. BUT NOW, YOU KNOW, WE’RE SEEING THAT THEY REALLY DO NEED TO WORRY ABOUT IT. AND SO HOPEFUL THAT EVERYBODY WILL BE SIGNING UP AND GETTING VACCINATED. PARTNERSHIP GOVERNOR E A MONSTE UM LOOKING AT THAT YOU HAVE A GOAL IN MIND THAT I’VE ASKED YOU. LIMIT FOR THE NUMBER OF LITTLE NUMBER OF MARYLAND PRIVATE YOU KNOW, I’D LIKE TO GET AS MANY OF THEM AS WE CAN IT ALL DEPENDS ON THE SUPPLY NOW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS GOTTEN AND IT’S GOTTEN US AN INCREASED SUPPLY THERE COULD SAYING THAT’S GOING TO CONTINUE. THEY DON’T SEE ANY MORE DRAMATIC INCREASES. I DON’T THINK FOR A WHILE, BUT SAME KIND OF SUPPLY THAT WE’RE GETTING AT THIS PACE NOW AS I MENTIONED, WE JUST HIT 75,000 A DAY WE’D HAVE TO GET MORE SUPPLY FROM THE FEDS TO HIT THE MAGIC 100,000 A DAY NUMBER THAT I AT OUR SYSTEM CAN HANDLE BUT WE DON’T HAVE ENOUGH VACCINES FOR BUT WE CAN GET THAT EVERY DAY. OUR AVERAGES ARE GOING UP AGAIN. WE’RE AHEAD OF MOST OTHER STATES SOME REALLY PLEASED WITH THE PROGRESS. BUT SO WE WENT TO 76% OF ALL THE PEOPLE OVER 65 WE SHOULD BE OVER 80% BY THE END OF THIS WEEK. WE’RE AT 46% OF ALL ADULTS OVER 18 THAT WE SHOULDN’T TAKE US VERY LONG TO GET TO HALF THAT POPULATION. SO I THINK WE’RE YOU KNOW, I DON’T WANT TO MAKE PROMISES. AND DELIVER BASED ON SOMETHINGP’ BUT IF IF THEY CONTINUE TO PROVIDE VACCINES THE WAY THEY HAVE LED US TO BELIEVE. WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO FINISH EVERYBODY WHO WANTS ONE, YOU KNOW DURING APRIL AND MAY. OF GOVERNMENT FLY AND ACCESS UM HOW MANY PEOPLE DEMAND THAT WILL COME DOWN TO STANDARD ELIGIBILITY AND AVOID THE THERE WERE LIKE DOING ERY EVERYONE WELL IN JANUARY THERE WEREN’T ENOUGH AND WE DIDN’T HAVE AN INFRASTRUCTURE BUILT, BUT YOU KNOW, WE’RE NOT AS I SAID IN MY REMARKS EVERY SINGLE PERSON. THAT’S OVER 16 IS NOT GOING TO GET ONE IMMEDIATELY, BUT WE DO BELIEVE THAT OVER THOSE NEXT FEW WEEKS OF APRIL AND MAY THAT WE WILL HAVE ENOUGH VACCINES FOR EVERYBODY AND THAT’S WHY WE’RE TRYING TO GET AN ORGANIZED PROCESS. WE DON’T WANT TO. SLOW DOWN WE WANT TO KEEP RAMPING UP SO IT’S NOT GOING TO BE INSTANTLY, YOU KNOW MILLIONS OF PEOPLE TOMORROW ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO GET ONE BUT OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL WEEKS THEY WILL. NO, WE’RE HOPING FOR THAT. ACTUALLY, YOU KNOW I MENTIONED ON THURSDAY AFTERNOON. THAT WE WERE GOING TO HAVE AN EXPERIMENT OUR FIRST TRIAL OF OPENING UP A WALK-UP LINE IN SALISBURY AND 500 PEOPLE THE NEXT DAY. UTILIZE THE WALK-UP LINE. IT WENT WENT TERRIFIC. IT WAS VER IN SALISBUR A FULL CAPACITY AND WE’RE EXPECTING THE SAME THING TO HAPPEN. HAGERSTOWN AND AT ALL OF OUR OTHER SITES THAT MOVING FORWARD SO, YOU KNOW, IT’S STILL BEST BECAUSE IF YOU REGISTER THEY HAVE ALL YOUR INFORMATION, YOU KNOW, THERE’S A VACCINE FOR YOU. IT’S VERY SMOOTH. I MEAN PEOPLE ARE JUST RAVING ABOUT THE PROCESS AT ALL THESE SITES. THE WALK-UP. YOU CAN’T BE GUARANTEED BECAUSE IF TOO MANY PEOPLE SHOW UP YOU MAY WAIT IN LINE FOR A WHILE AND THEY MAY SAY SORRY TODAY. WE DON’T HAVE ENOUGH BUT A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE ABLE ABLE TO GET HANDLED THAT WAY. THE GOOD PART OF YOUR MESSAGING TODAY ABOUT THE GOVERNOR. CONTINUING TO HELP GET THE VACCINE. A CONCERNED ARGUE ABOUT FLAG INTO DEMANDED AT THIS POINT. I MEAN WHEN YOU SEE THERE’S AVAILABILITY FOR WALK-UPS INSTALLED VERY INTEGRITY TIME. YOU KNOW, YEAH. YOU ALREADY? STARTED THAT DEMAND THIS WAY. WELL, THERE’S NO QUESTION ABOUT THAT AND IT’S BECAUSE WHEN 76% OF EVERYBODY THAT WAS ELIGIBLE. SEEN ALREA THAT REMAINING 24 PERCENT. SOME OF THEM DON’T WANT A VACCINE. SO THAT’S WHY WE’RE OPENING UP TO BIGGER BIGGER GROUPS. OUR GOAL IS TO ELIMINATE AND WIND DOWN AND SHUT DOWN ALL OF THESE 12 MASSBACK SITES, SO THAT THE FEW REMAINING PEOPLE CAN GET IT AT THE CVS OR WALGREENS OR GIANT OR WALMART OR THEIR DOCTOR’S OFFICES. BUT IN THE MEANTIME, WE WANT TO RUN AS MANY PEOPLE THROUGH THERE AS WE POSSIBLY CAN THOUSANDS O TIME IS NOT A FRIEND IN THIS BATTLE. AND SO IT’S THIS WE AS WE’VE SAID BEFORE WE HAVE 3,000 POINTS OF DISTRIBUTION. WE HOPE NOW WE’RE UP TO 485 PHARMACIES. WE STARTED WITH A PILOT PROGRAM OF 30. WHEN PEOPLE CAN GET A VACCINE PRETTY MUCH ANYWHERE EVENTUALLY THEY’RE GOING TO SAY WHY DO WE WANT TO DRIVE THROUGH A MASS VACCITE AND WAIT, BUT RIGHT NOW WE NEED ALL THE ALL THOSE SPIGOTS OPEN THIS MUCH AS WE CAN, BUT IT’S STUFF. THEY’RE DEMAND. IT’S GOING TO SLOW GONNA DECREASE AND I’VE SAID THIS SINCE JANUARY THAT YOU KNOW, RIGHT, YOU KNOW FOR JANUARY FEBRUARY. IT WAS LIKE WHY CAN’T WE GET ENOUGH VACCINES? WHY WHY CAN’T WE GET AN APPOINTMENT AND THAT IT WAS GOING TO SWITCH TO WE HAVE VACCINES WE HAVE APPOINTMENTS. WE WE NEED MORE PEOPLE AND THAT’S ALREADY STARTING TO HAPPEN. I THINK WE’RE GOING TO ADJUST THAT NOW WITH THIS OPENING OF THE FLOODGATES, BUT AFTER A FEW WEEKS, THAT’S ALSO GOING TO START TO SLOW DOWN. ANYBODY TOM? AFTER THAT PRESCRIPTION ONE OF YOUR PREVIOUS ACTOR THE RIGHT STATES AND YOU KNOW THE NOT RIGHT? MARYLA HOW LARGE OF THE ROLES IS WHAT? PLAYING YOUR FUTURE WHEN WE WATCH IT, VERY CLOSELY. OUR TEAM IS TALKING EVERY SINGLE DAY ABOUT WHAT STEPS WE NEED TO TAKE DR. DELBRIDGE. HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD WHEN YOU KNOW, WE SAID THAT THE THREE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS. IS YOU KNOW WEARING A MASK, WHICH WE STILL HAVE A MASKED MANDATE ALTHOUGH, YOU KNOW MORE THAN HALF THE STATES DON’T WE STILL DO THE DISTANCING AND GETTING THE VACCINE? SO WE’RE DOING A BETTER JOB ON THE VACCINE. WE STILL HAVE THE MASKED MANDATE. WELL, WE’RE STILL PUSHING ALL THOSE THINGS. THAT KEPT US SAFE. IT DOESN’T APPEAR TO HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH OPENING BECAUSE NEW YORK HAS GOT MOST THINGS. CLOSED AND IT’S I THINK THE WORST FLORIDA HAS GOT EVERYTHING OPEN. THEY’RE RIGHT BEHIND NEW YORK, YOU KNOW, WE’RE IN BETWEEN IN THAT RIGHT NOW PRETTY GOOD SPOT. WE’RE LESS THAN THE NATIONAL AVERAGE. WE’RE LESS THAN THE REGIONAL AVERAGE. WE’RE BETTER THAN ALL OF THE STATES TO THE NORTH. BUT IT’S NOT GREAT. I MEAN IT’S NOT GOING DOWN THE WAY IT WAS. YOU KNOW OUR OUR POSITIVITY RATE DAILY POSITIVITY YESTERDAY DROPBACK BELOW FIVE. SO THAT’S GOOD THAT ONLY FOR ONE DAY THE SEVEN DAY AVERAGE IS STILL OVER FIVE, YOU KNOW THOSE STATES ON THE CASE RATES PER 100,000 OR IN THE RED. WE’RE NOT ONE OF THEM. LUCKILY OUR CASE IS YOU KNOW, IT’S HARD. YOU CAN’T REALLY JUDGE ONE DAY TO ANOTHER SOMETIMES PEOPLE SAY, OH IT WENT UP TODAY. WELL TODAY WE DROPPED 850 CASES. WE WENT FROM 1600 DOWN TO 850 WHICH IS ONE OF OUR LOWEST DAYS EVER. SO YOU HAVE TO AT A TREND. CONTINUE TO WATCH THAT AND WE’RE GOING TO MAKE DECISIONS EVERY DAY, YOU KNOW BASED ON WHAT WHATEVER THE FACTS WE SEE ON THE GROUND NOT JUST IN OUR STATE, BUT WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE REST OF THE COUNTRY? MAYBE I DON’T HAVE DR. DELBERT WANTS TO TALK ABOUT NO, HE DOESN’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT THAT. THAT’S NOT HIS REAL FOR HIS REAL THING SO I CAN WING THIS ONE THEN THE WE’RE WE DON’T SEE A ONE DEFINITIVE THING, BUT WE’RE STILL SEEING THE THINGS WE’VE TALKED ABOUT FOR A LONG TIME. WE HAVE ALMOST NO ALMOST NONE OF IT HAS TO DO WITH RESTAURANTS AND BARS. ALTHOUGH THERE’S BREATHLESS COVERAGE ABOUT WE SHOULDN’T HAVE OPENED ANYTHING. YOU KNOW, WE BY THE WAY, WE DON’T HAVE ANYTHING OPEN AT 100% WE HAVE DISTANCING REQUIREMENTS THAT MOST PLACES CAN’T EVEN GET TO 50% AND WE STILL HAVE THE MASKING REQUIREMENT. BUT MOST OF IT IS STILL FAMILY GATHERINGS AND WORKING OUTSIDE THE HOME MOSTLY IN OFFICES AND TRAVEL AND WHEN YOU’VE GOT STATES THAT ARE REALLY HIGH AND PEOPLE ARE TRAVELING THERE A LOT. WE HAD HUGE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE TRAVELING OVER EASTER BUT EVEN IN THE WEEKS BEFORE THAT SPRING BREAKS ALL OVER THE PLACE, AND THOSE THINGS ARE MUCH MORE CONCERNING TO US. YOU CAN’T SEE? NOT REALLY. I MEAN WE HAVE NOTHING MUCH MORE TO SAY ABOUT THAT. IT W YOU KNOW COMPLETE NONSENSE. IT’S STILL VERY HAPPY WITH THE TREMENDOUS SUCCESS OF THE OF ACQUIRING THESE TEST KITS. IT WAS PROBABLY ONE OF THE BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS THROUGHOUT THIS PANDEMIC. THE REPORT WAS PARTISAN NONSENSE. YOU KNOW EVERY WE USED EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THE 500,000 KITS IT WAS A TREMENDOUS. WE WERE THE ONLY STATE IN THE COUNTRY TO ACQUIRE ANY OF THEM WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED BY THE BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS. AND I DON’T HAVE MUCH TO SAY ABOUT THE REPORT AND I WOULDN’T CHANGE A SINGLE THING. DON’T DON’T REALLY CARE WHAT THOSE LE

Marylanders 16+ can get COVID-19 vaccine at mass sites starting Tuesday

Updated: 5:29 PM EDT Apr 5, 2021

Maryland is accelerating COVID-19 vaccine eligibility this week.|| COVID-19 updates | Maryland’s latest numbers | Get tested | Vaccine Info ||Gov. Larry Hogan on Monday announced any and all Marylanders 16 and older can get a vaccine at any of the state mass vaccination sites starting Tuesday.”We’re now able to move more quickly because we have been getting that increased supply and we’ve been building the infrastructure. We saw this coming, which is why we started the pre-registration last week to get ready,” Hogan said.Three new mass vaccination sites are opening this week, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s site at the Greenbelt Metro Station (Prince George’s County), the Maryland State Fairgrounds (Baltimore County) and the Montgomery College Campus in Germantown (Montgomery County).Next week, two new sites opening include the Frederick Community College (Frederick County) and Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (Anne Arundel County) sites.Mass vaccination sites at Ripken Stadium (Harford County) will open on the week of April 19, and at The Mall in Columbia (Howard County) will open immediately after that.”I want to stress that even though we are opening up eligibility for everyone, that does not mean everyone will immediately be able to get an appointment, but with the supply of doses increasing over the next month or so, the vaccine should be available to anyone who wants one,” Hogan said.On Friday, the state launched a no-appointment, walk-up line at the mass vaccination site in Salisbury. Starting Tuesday, the state will launch a no-appointment line at the Hagerstown site, and next week at the M&T Bank Stadium site in Baltimore City.Officials said pre-registration is the best, easiest and fastest way to reserve an appointment and to ensure that a vaccine is available. Pre-register here online or call 855-MD-GOVAX.”We urge Marylanders to please get vaccinated just as soon as you are able to,” Hogan said. “These vaccines are proven to be safe and effective and are provided at no cost. Getting vaccinated will help keep you, your family and your community healthy and safe.”Marylanders eligible to get vaccine at all providers by April 12By April 12, Marylanders age 16 and older will be eligible for a vaccine from all providers.Marylanders 16 or 17 years old will only be able to use clinics that are providing the Pfizer vaccine, as it is the only vaccine that is currently approved by the Food and Drug Administration for ages 16 and older.This comes as Maryland continues to vaccinate thousands of residents daily. According to the state, more than 20,000 Marylanders received some form of the vaccine in the last day. To date, the state has administered almost 3 million doses.More than 1.1 million Marylanders are fully vaccinated, which is about 18% of the state’s population.For a fourth day in a row, more Marylanders were admitted into hospitals due to COVID-19. According to the Maryland Department of Health, almost three-dozen more people were hospitalized Sunday alone for a total of 1,165 hospitalizations.As 11 News reported last week, statewide data indicates vaccinations are working. The state prioritized older residents in the initial vaccination phases, and now, those in hospital care are younger.”The increases that we are seeing … it’s mostly young people, and we’re starting to see hospitalizations among people in their 20s, 30s and 40s, as opposed to folks just in their 70s and 80s and 90s. So getting more younger people vaccinated faster is certainly a goal, and we want to make sure that people take it seriously. Younger people sometimes felt that they were bulletproof or they didn’t have to worry about it, but now we’re seeing that they really do need to worry about it,” Hogan said.”People younger than 60 years old are comprising a new number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. This is one factor in the efforts to broaden the eligibility for vaccinations to as many people as possible,” said Dr. Ted Delbridge, executive director of the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems.For the first time in 10 days, the state’s positivity rate declined to 5.79%.

Maryland is accelerating COVID-19 vaccine eligibility this week.

|| COVID-19 updates | Maryland’s latest numbers | Get tested | Vaccine Info ||

Gov. Larry Hogan on Monday announced any and all Marylanders 16 and older can get a vaccine at any of the state mass vaccination sites starting Tuesday.

“We’re now able to move more quickly because we have been getting that increased supply and we’ve been building the infrastructure. We saw this coming, which is why we started the pre-registration last week to get ready,” Hogan said.

Three new mass vaccination sites are opening this week, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s site at the Greenbelt Metro Station (Prince George’s County), the Maryland State Fairgrounds (Baltimore County) and the Montgomery College Campus in Germantown (Montgomery County).

Next week, two new sites opening include the Frederick Community College (Frederick County) and Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (Anne Arundel County) sites.

Mass vaccination sites at Ripken Stadium (Harford County) will open on the week of April 19, and at The Mall in Columbia (Howard County) will open immediately after that.

“I want to stress that even though we are opening up eligibility for everyone, that does not mean everyone will immediately be able to get an appointment, but with the supply of doses increasing over the next month or so, the vaccine should be available to anyone who wants one,” Hogan said.

On Friday, the state launched a no-appointment, walk-up line at the mass vaccination site in Salisbury. Starting Tuesday, the state will launch a no-appointment line at the Hagerstown site, and next week at the M&T Bank Stadium site in Baltimore City.

Officials said pre-registration is the best, easiest and fastest way to reserve an appointment and to ensure that a vaccine is available. Pre-register here online or call 855-MD-GOVAX.

“We urge Marylanders to please get vaccinated just as soon as you are able to,” Hogan said. “These vaccines are proven to be safe and effective and are provided at no cost. Getting vaccinated will help keep you, your family and your community healthy and safe.”

Marylanders eligible to get vaccine at all providers by April 12

By April 12, Marylanders age 16 and older will be eligible for a vaccine from all providers.

Marylanders 16 or 17 years old will only be able to use clinics that are providing the Pfizer vaccine, as it is the only vaccine that is currently approved by the Food and Drug Administration for ages 16 and older.

This comes as Maryland continues to vaccinate thousands of residents daily. According to the state, more than 20,000 Marylanders received some form of the vaccine in the last day. To date, the state has administered almost 3 million doses.

More than 1.1 million Marylanders are fully vaccinated, which is about 18% of the state’s population.

For a fourth day in a row, more Marylanders were admitted into hospitals due to COVID-19. According to the Maryland Department of Health, almost three-dozen more people were hospitalized Sunday alone for a total of 1,165 hospitalizations.

As 11 News reported last week, statewide data indicates vaccinations are working. The state prioritized older residents in the initial vaccination phases, and now, those in hospital care are younger.

“The increases that we are seeing … it’s mostly young people, and we’re starting to see hospitalizations among people in their 20s, 30s and 40s, as opposed to folks just in their 70s and 80s and 90s. So getting more younger people vaccinated faster is certainly a goal, and we want to make sure that people take it seriously. Younger people sometimes felt that they were bulletproof or they didn’t have to worry about it, but now we’re seeing that they really do need to worry about it,” Hogan said.

“People younger than 60 years old are comprising a new number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. This is one factor in the efforts to broaden the eligibility for vaccinations to as many people as possible,” said Dr. Ted Delbridge, executive director of the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems.

For the first time in 10 days, the state’s positivity rate declined to 5.79%.

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