Vaccination Frustration in Maryland: Worry of Second-Dose Provides, Individuals Who Stayed to Know, and Whether or not to Signal Up on A number of Ready Lists – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Some local officials are frustrated with the state's patchwork vaccination system, where people on multiple waiting lists sign up for a shot at the same time.

Acting Maryland Minister of Health Dennis Schrader said before a Maryland Senate committee this week that people should be placed on multiple waiting lists. When you get an appointment, remove yourself from the remaining lists.

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"We don't want the Hunger Games trying to get an appointment," said Senator Dr. Clarence Lam, a Democrat from Howard and Baltimore Counties.


Eastern Shore Republican Senator Addie Eckardt called the vaccination situation “survival of the fittest”.

Senator Lam asked, "Why do Marylanders need to go to the Walgreens website, the CVS website, the Giant website, the Hopkins website, and the UMMS website?"

The state has defended the practice of several vaccination websites. "If we look at other states, there is a very high risk that a website will go down that goes down and then the whole system collapses," said acting secretary Schrader.

“I just want to apologize to everyone surfing the vaccine out there. It is not easy. It takes a lot of time with so many vendors in so many different locations, "Steuart Pittman, Anne Arundel County's executive, said Tuesday.

Many local health departments are receiving fewer doses than originally.

In Anne Arundel County, the health commissioner said the state has not given 7,000 second doses of Pfizer in the past two weeks, which has resulted in more than 1,374 appointments being canceled and rescheduled.

Anne Arundel County Executive Talks About Second Dose COVID19 Vaccine Appointments That Had To Be Canceled Due To Lack Of Care. @wjz

– Mike Hellgren (@HellgrenWJZ) February 9, 2021

The Anne Arundel County Executive spoke at a virtual press conference Tuesday while quarantined after potentially exposure to COVID-19. He tested negative Monday and expects not to be quarantined this week.

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Anne Arundel Co Executive says he is home in quarantine after being exposed last week. He tested negative and will be finished with his quarantine tomorrow. # COVID19 @wjz

– Mike Hellgren (@HellgrenWJZ) February 9, 2021

That state is advising providers to withhold supplies to ensure people have enough to get their second dose.

Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman, Anne Arundel County's health officer, said the CDC recommends receiving the second shot within six weeks. "So we're still good in the window. Nobody is at risk of this being less effective," he said.

Mike Hellgren, WJZ investigator, reports that unlike Brandon Scott, the mayor of Baltimore City, Anne Arundel County officials have no plans to buy their own vaccines. Scott proposes a contract with Johnson & Johnson for 300,000 doses of their one-shot vaccine, which will be manufactured at a facility in Baltimore's Bayview neighborhood.

Anne Arundel County says trying to buy vaccines yourself – like Baltimore City is trying Johnson & Johnson – won't work. @wjz

– Mike Hellgren (@HellgrenWJZ) February 9, 2021

Some lawmakers are also upset that people are cheating on the system and – as they claim – are able to get gunshots when they are not authorized.

"All of the 92-year-olds I know who were on the list to go to the health department are still waiting on the list … because their (allotted vaccines) have been reduced," Senator Addie Eckardt told May to Wal-Mart go and get vaccinated. You don't discriminate against any of the levels. "She added," People are angry, absolutely angry in my jurisdiction for believing that when they wait patiently in line they are deficient. "

Acting Health Minister Schrader said vendors could request documentation or get people to sign affidavits that they are currently eligible for the vaccine. "In this case, it's an honor system. We hope to address people's sense of integrity. But if someone shows up and says they are legitimate and have records, we'll want to take that shot in the arm. But if they do Sign an affidavit if we would give them this shot in the arm too, because we want people to be vaccinated. "

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