Gov. Hogan: Remarks on Baltimore’s COVID-19 vaccine allocation were misinterpreted
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Tyler Waldman, WBAL NewsRadio 1090 and FM 101.5
Gov. Larry Hogan said Tuesday his comments last week on Baltimore City’s COVID-19 vaccine allocation were misinterpreted.
“My comment was simply a factual one,” Hogan said at a news conference, pointing out that Baltimore had been allocated more doses than most jurisdictions.
“I know there are concerns about the way it had been misinterpreted,” Hogan said. “We have been very focused on equity.”
His initial comments, made at the opening of the mass-vaccination site at M&T Bank Stadium, touched off a firestorm of criticism from officials including Mayor Brandon Scott, Councilman Ryan Dorsey and the city delegation in the state Senate. City leaders said they wanted Hogan to commit to getting vaccines to the parts of the city most impacted by the coronavirus.
Hogan said he does believe vaccines should be equitably distributed and pointed to the Monday announcement that the Baltimore Convention Center Field Hospital would prioritize residents from six vulnerable Baltimore ZIP codes. On Thursday, Hogan plans to hold a news conference to outline an equity logistics plan for vaccine distribution.