State to allocate an additional 82,800 doses of coronavirus vaccines

State to allocate an additional 82,800 doses of coronavirus vaccines

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The week between Christmas and New Years is considered a vacation time for many but that will not affect the distribution of Maryland’s allotment of coronavirus vaccines as the state is expected to allocate an additional 82,800 doses from Pfizer and Moderna.

Phase 1A of distribution, which has thus far prioritized the vaccination of frontline health care workers and nursing home residents and staff-will expand this week to include the state’s first responders who will be able to get the vaccine at local health departments.

The extra doses mean that enough vaccines are available to inoculate 100% of the state’s frontline hospital staff and that this week Maryland will have a total of 273,875 doses of the vaccine. That figure includes 140,300 doses from Moderna and 133,575 doses from Pfizer.

Gov. Larry Hogan applauded the good news in a statement on Monday.

“This week’s COVID-19 vaccine allocations will allow our first responders to begin getting vaccinated and help keep them safe while they keep us safe. This is another important step as we make our way through the initial phase of our statewide vaccination plan.”

Phase 1B of distribution will include Marylanders who considered to be at high risk of complications from COVID-19. Phase 2 of distribution will include people who work in essential infrastructure roles and those who are considered to be at a moderately higher risk of complications from the disease. Phase 3 of distribution will cover the general population.

There are 269,183 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Maryland as of Monday morning, according to the state’s Department of Health, and 5,573 people in Maryland have died from the virus. The state’s positivity rate is at 7.42%, which is well above CDC recommended guidelines for containment. Maryland has conducted more than 5.6 million COVID-19 tests.

More than 152,000 new cases of COVID-19 were reported nationwide on Sunday.

About The Author

Bryan Renbaum

Reporter Bryan Renbaum served as the Capitol Hill Correspondent for Talk Media News for the past three-and-a-half years, filing print, radio and video reports on the Senate and the House of Representatives. He covered congressional reaction to the inauguration of President Donald Trump as well as the confirmation hearings of attorneys general Jeff Sessions and William Barr and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. He also filed breaking news reports on the 2017 shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and three others. Previously Bryan broke multiple stories with the Baltimore Post-Examiner including sexual assault scandals at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a texting scandal on the women’s lacrosse team at that school for which he was interviewed by ABC’s “Good Morning America.” He also covered the Maryland General Assembly during the 2016 legislative session as an intern for Maryland Reporter. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from McDaniel College. If you have additional questions or comments contact Bryan at:

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