Hogan: More than 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been given in Maryland

Hogan: More than 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been given in Maryland

Gov. Larry Hogan signs the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Protection Act on March 19 in Annapolis. (Executive Office of the Governor photo)

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Maryland’s health care providers have administered more than 1 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine, Gov. Larry Hogan said Friday.

“I want to thank all of the vaccinators—the Maryland Department of Health, the first responders, the Maryland National Guard, our hospitals, local health departments, and pharmacies—and all of the people who are working around the clock to get shots into arms,” Hogan said in a nearly two-minute YouTube video. “Even with this good news, this will continue to be a long process for many more months before enough vaccines will be available. The State of Maryland is fully prepared to allocate, deploy, distribute, and utilize every single dose that we are allocated.”

In all, a total of 1,013,049 doses have been administered. That includes the distribution of 749,765 first doses and the distribution of 510,235 second doses.

The latest data means that more than 94% of all the first doses that the state received from the federal government have been administered and that an average of about 27,800 doses are being given each day.

Maryland is currently in Phase 1C of the vaccine distribution process, which prioritizes residents ages 65-74, some essential workers, and those who have certain immunocompromised conditions, such as cancer and diabetes.

An estimated 2.1 million Marylanders are eligible for vaccination in Phase 1C.

Maryland still lags behind most states in vaccine distribution and is ranked 39 out of 50 by the CDC as of Friday morning. However, that rank is a slight improvement over where the state stood just a few weeks ago.

And Maryland’s health metrics have drastically improved over the past month.

The state’s seven-day positivity rate is at 4.12%, which is the lowest level since Nov. 3, and is within CDC recommended guidelines for containment.

Maryland has conducted more than 7.5 million COVID-19 tests but it is unclear whether some people may have been tested more than once.

There are 374,974 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Maryland as of Friday morning, according to the Department of Health, and 7,495 people in Maryland have died from the virus.

About The Author

Bryan Renbaum

Bryan@MarylandReporter.com

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: bryan@marylandreporter.com

2 Comments

  1. Nancy Leggs

    Well that is great but my husband and I have signed up for every website and we can’t even get a response! We are both 68 years old with type 2 diabetes and I work for the University. Please explain that!!!

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    • William Bradley

      Sad that Maryland is in the lowest 1/3 of States distributing COVID-19 vaccines. From this report Maryland Department of Health is sitting on 25% of the doses distributed. Gov. Hogan was quick to run to South Korea for reportedly flawed test kits and now he is dragging his heels unable to get vaccines where they belong, in the arm of people at risk. WHY IS THAT Gov.????

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