ANNAPOLIS, MD– Governor Larry Hogan announced today that, according to official CDC data, the state of Maryland has passed the milestone of vaccinating 80% of adults with at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
“After immunizing 70 percent of adults in Maryland before Memorial Day, months before President Biden’s target, we have taken another important step by vaccinating 80 percent of all adults before Labor Day.” Governor Hogan said. “As one of the most vaccinated states, our health indicators are among the lowest in America and we are much better prepared to withstand the large summer increase in the Delta variant, which many other states are currently experiencing. with lower vaccination rates. The vaccines are very safe, they are very effective, they are completely free, and they are widely available almost everywhere. “
At a press conference earlier this week, Governor Hogan called on the federal government to take a number of steps to protect Americans and expand the vaccination campaign:
- Make booster injections immediately available for the elderly and vulnerable populations. Following the announcement this morning by federal health officials that the boosters will not be more widely available until the end of September, Gov. Hogan called on the federal government to make the boosters available immediately to the elderly and others. vulnerable populations.
- Advance full vaccine approval by the FDA. Governor Hogan has been pushing for full FDA approval for COVID-19 vaccines, which remains the biggest hurdle in reaching those who are still hesitant to get vaccinated. Full approval would be a significant boost to the state’s vaccine distribution operation.
- Fast-Track Approval of Vaccines for Children 5-11 Years of Age. With more and more children returning to school, the governor also urged federal officials to speed up approval for children aged 5 to 11 to start receiving COVID-19 vaccines. Governors have been informed that approval is currently months away.
“Governors across the country are increasingly frustrated with confusing messages and conflicting guidelines from the White House and federal government agencies regarding booster injections for the general population,” Governor Hogan said. “This is one of the many areas where we are urging the Biden administration to act.”
To find a vaccination clinic, visit covidvax.maryland.gov or visit 1-855-MD-GOVAX (1-855-634-6829).