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Hogan touts Md. booster vaccine progress, calls out Biden administration

by DrewLUD

Gov. Larry Hogan touted his administration’s rollout of the COVID-19 booster vaccine in a news conference Thursday afternoon.

Hogan also expressed frustration with the Biden administration for what he called “limited, confusing and contradictory” guidance from the federal government regarding eligibility for booster shots.  

Hogan urged every eligible Marylander to receive a booster shot six months after their second dose.    

The Food and Drug Administration authorized booster shots of the Pfizer vaccine for adults 65 and older and for all high-risk adults on Sept. 22. Since the FDA’s authorization, 78,141 Marylanders have received a booster shot, according to the Maryland Health Department.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan urges people to "just get the damn vaccine," during a news conference, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, in Annapolis, Md., where he announced new vaccination requirements for state employees who work in congregant settings, including 48 different state facilities, beginning Sept. 1. They include health care facilities under the state health department, the juvenile services department, the state corrections department and the state's department of veterans affairs.

Approximately 500,000 residents fall into one of the eligible categories for the vaccine booster, according to a news release from Hogan’s office.

The Biden administration had previously announced plans to offer a booster shot to all adults, but health guidance limited the eligible population to only the elderly and those in high-risk categories.

Hogan also announced efforts by the Maryland Health Department to individually call and text eligible residents to schedule an appointment.

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Source: GANNETT Syndication Service